Our 2019 Supporters

Celebrating Five Years of Fitting For The Future!

We were featured on the front cover of the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Hampshire Life Magazine in early June 2019! Read all about our flagship event, Fitting For The Future.

Our FIFTH annual Fitting For The Future was a tremendous success. Our hearts are filled to the brim with gratitude for the 120+ volunteers who donated their time and talents over the course of two days in early April. We had a record 95 youth attend this year's event, making it our biggest ever. And a special thanks goes out to Springfield Technical Community College for allowing us use of their gymnasium, providing us with more room than we've ever had before to put on another successful event.

Are you interested in volunteering for next year's event (or with any of our other fabulous programs)?  If so, please fill out our volunteer form.

Are you interested in supporting Fitting For The Future and HelpOurKids' other programs with a financial contribution? You can do so here through our secure PayPal donation portal.

Do you have clothing or accessories to donate? Donations will be accepted beginning May 1, 2019 at the following donation drop-off locations in western MA:

Be sure to check out this year's news coverage from Western Mass News:

What is Fitting For The Future?

Fitting For The Future enables young men and women in high school and college who are in foster care in western Massachusetts to shop for special occasion clothing and accessories free of charge. The students are provided with the opportunity to choose those special outfits for a job interview, a dance, a sports banquet, graduation, or any other memorable occasion.

Each student is assigned a personal shopper to assist in the selection of the perfect outfits, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.  Included in the day is a hair and make-up consultation, on-site alterations, and a professional portrait.  Each student leaves the event with a swag bag full of goodies.
Our team of over 100 community volunteers ensures that each student receives personal attention and guidance.

Words cannot truly describe what a magical day this is for our youth. We have so much more to share with you. Click here to see more media coverage and photos from Fitting For The Future.

How You Can Help

This special day is made possible by the generous donations of clothing, shoes, accessories, and financial contributions collected throughout the year, along with the incredible help from a massive crew of volunteers who donate their time and energy to help our youth look and feel incredible.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event or in helping with collecting donated items, please fill out the volunteer form.

If you have items to donate, please reach us by clicking here. We are most grateful to accept donations of new or gently used young adult formal wear, including men's dress clothing, suits, tuxedos, belts, dress shoes, ties, and bow ties; women's dress clothing, dresses, gowns, and shoes; as well as men's and women's dress accessories, including jewelry, watches, handbags, scarves, etc.

Financial donations are greatly appreciated and enable us to purchase needed items which have not been donated. We welcome donations to our organization through PayPal as well as donations by check.  Please make checks payable to HelpOurKids, sent to:

Feel free to share with friends, neighbors, and family about this very special event and the ways they can help. Use this handy flyer below to download and print at home.