The Closet

CBE is on the Board of The Closet of Herndon

The Closet is a cool thrift shop in Herndon, with all profits donated back to the community. Last year the Closet donated over $55K (Jeannie Schmidt Free Clinic, Laurel Learning Center, Fish, etc..) and provided $56K in free clothing to qualifying individuals. Check out the Closet at

There are three ways to support The Closet, which has relocated temporarily to 771 Elden Street.  Just around the corner from our Station Street location and a few doors down from Jimmy's Tavern. After renovations are complete, The Closet will move back to its permanent home at 845 Station Street, Herndon during November; check with Betsy Rock or Paula Yass whether you’ll be needed in the temporary location or the permanent location. 

1 - Volunteer, 2 - Donate, 3 – Shop


CBE is one of 23 congregations in the Reston/Herndon area who have committed to providing volunteers to staff the Closet. CBE will fill some volunteer hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:45 am and 2 pm. Our commitment is to provide at least 8 hours of volunteer time between 10AM- 2PM, but you can volunteer for 1,2,3 or 4 hours. High schoolers and older are welcome to volunteer when not in school; younger kids need a parent with them on store days.

Once you arrive, Manager Aaron Sawyer assigns tasks based on what you like to do: sales, bagging goods, working in the dressing room area, pricing, etc. It's low key but hopping. It's a lot of fun and the CBE group tries to have lunch afterwards.

CBE's upcoming dates are:​​​​

  • Tuesday, October 10
  • Thursday, October 26
  • Thursday, November 16
  • Tuesday, November 28
  • Thursday, December 7
  • Thursday, December 21
  • Thursday, January 4
  • Thursday, January 18

NOTE: If the above dates have passed, the upcoming schedule of volunteer dates can always be found on The Closet's site.

Mid-Day Doesn't Work for You?

The Closet now has Thursday Shopping Nights from 5 PM - 8 PM. Volunteers are needed from 3-5 PM to straighten up and restock, and from 5-8 PM to assist shoppers. Please contact Paula Yass for more information or sign up online. There are fewer crowds and it’s a fun time to volunteer.

If these dates and times don't work and you would like to volunteer, The Closet is open most days and volunteers are always appreciated. If you know others that might be interested, please invite them to join us!

Ready to volunteer? Call or email Betsy Rock or Paula Yass.


If you are doing spring cleaning, the Closet appreciates your donations of a wide variety of new and gently used items, including:

  • ALL men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes, outer garments
  • Household items, dishes, linens, blankets, décor
  • Electronics (current technology only), sporting goods, suitcases
  • Toys, books, videos, musical instruments
  • Small furniture, small appliances (no large furniture)

Donation days are Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Ready to donate? Just drive around the back of the building and someone will help you bring in your donations. If you have any questions about donations, please call 703-437-7652.


The Closet is like a small department store... they have so much! Store manager Aaron Sawyer maintains a high level of quality control that leads to amazing bargains. There are clothes for all members of the family; many are new with tags.

Check out the glassware, dishes and small appliances. The toys and sporting goods are well organized. All electric items are checked out by volunteers and are in working condition. Lamp shades, vases, purses, shoes... so many nice things!

Shop on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. You will feel great doing it and will be contributing to the community at the same time.

Ready to shop? We are ALWAYS ready to shop!!