Volunteer at Paws' Pantry and Paws' Closet

Help build a stronger, healthier IUPUI community

Founded in 2013, the food pantry is dedicated to helping relieve food insecurity inside the IUPUI community. Students are welcome to shop once per week, while staff and faculty are welcome to shop twice per month, using a limit system.

Paws' Closet became our latest effort, added in 2018. It's dedicated to helping relieve your financial burdens related to purchasing clothes. All IUPUI students can shop with us twice a month according to our limit system.

Paws' Pantry is open for appointments three days a week: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Book your appointment online.

And you're welcome to shop Paws' Closet by appointment on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Appointments for both locations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

With so much happening, we could really use your help to keep it going.

1 in 5IUPUI freshmen are below the poverty line and considered food insecure

150+IUPUI community members use the pantry each week

16,000+pantry items have been distributed to the Jaguar community

Volunteer your time

Paws' Pantry and Paws' Closet rely heavily on student volunteers to make sure everyone who needs our services in the IUPUI community has the opportunity to shop with us.

As a volunteer, you can work the check-in and check-out table during operating hours, collect donations from the orange Paws' Pantry food crates and around campus, or sort donations.

And don’t worry—when you show up for your first shift, we’ll make sure someone is there to show you the ropes.

 Volunteer at Paws' Pantry              Volunteer at Paws' Closet

Paws’ Closet wish list

  • New socks, new shoes/boots, and winter weather gear (coats, jackets, hats, gloves, etc.)
  • Gently used, contemporary, and clean clothing from a non-smoking home
  • Casual patterned or plain tops
  • T-shirts and polos with limited logos and business names
  • Jeans, khakis, slacks, dress capris, skirts, and dresses
  • Casual and professional footwear
  • Purses, neckties, scarves, and jewelry (except earrings)
  • Business attire, including pant or skirt suits, jackets, blouses, and button-down shirts

Make a financial gift

Help Paws' Pantry and Paws' Closet from wherever you are by making a financial gift. We’ll use 100 percent of your donation to buy food and clothing.

Make a gift