"Clothing the Gap"

Our Story

Before having the idea to create I Love Lake Oswego (ILLO) Clothing Closet, Ella Fuentes and Jiexi Qiao were regular volunteers at other clothing closets. They realized that there was no closet for the Lake Oswego school district, despite the fact that Lake Oswego has two title one schools, which have large concentrations of students from low income families. Inspired by the other local closets, ILLO Clothing Closet was officially created in July 2019. Now run by a passionate and dedicated team of high schoolers, ILLO has been striving for equity by helping other students feel comfortable in what they wear. Collectively, they hope to close gaps by bringing the community together. 

Our Mission

ILLO Clothing Closet strives for equity in our community by providing resources to those in need so they can achieve their goals while promoting a welcoming environment of equity and compassion.

Meet Our Team

Ella Fuentes - Executive Director 
Ella is a senior at Lake Oswego High School.

Jiexi Qiao - Operations and Finance Director 

Jiexi is a senior at Lake Oswego High School. She is passionate about helping others, social justice and believes in the power of people to allocate change in one’s community. In her free time, you can catch Jiexi playing lacrosse, snowboarding, reading or running around the neighborhood.

Claire Sarnowski - Fundraising Director

Claire is a senior at Lakeridge High. In addition to working with ILLO, Claire is a member of the Managing Committee for STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities, President of Key Club and French Club, and a member of National Honors Society and French National Honors Society.

Amelia Edelberg - Secretary

Amelia is a senior at Lake Oswego High School and a member of the Lake Oswego Dance Team. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves animals and nature. Amelia hopes to pursue a career dedicated to helping animals.

Lucy Christensen - Volunteer Director

Lucy is a senior at Lake Oswego High School. She is involved in the choir program, acting, city league basketball program, and soccer. She loves getting to know new people and helping others. 

Chanelle Buck - Programs Director

Chanelle is a senior at Lakeridge High School. She is an active member in ILLO Clothing Closet and specifically enjoys helping the local community around her. She participates in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse as well as other philanthropies and when she grows up wishes to work as psychologist.