At Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy in Oakland, there is a unique community closet that serves students and their families, educators, and staff. This one-stop resource provides much-needed clothing, food, and supplies to those in need within the school community.

The Do Good Community Closet was started by passionate teachers and the All Good Living Foundation, who saw the need for basic necessities among their students and families. They wanted to create a safe and welcoming space where individuals could access these essentials without feeling shame or judgment.

The closet is stocked with gently used and new clothing, non-perishable food, and school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, and backpacks are also available for students.

The impact of the Do Good Community Closet has been immense. Students who previously struggled with attendance due to a lack of appropriate clothing now feel confident and comfortable coming to school. Families struggling to make ends meet have found relief in not having to worry about providing basic necessities for their children. Educators and staff can support their students without worrying about them going hungry or not having the necessary supplies for academic success.

The community closet is also a hub for collaboration and connection. It has brought together students, families, educators, and staff in a shared effort to support each other and create a caring school community.