Members of the Philomath Community Services board of directors have reopened June’s Kids Kloset, a clothing bank for low-income children and families.

The clothing bank’s office at 360 S. Ninth St. in Philomath is now open from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and is accepting donations, the board announced this week. Especially needed are coats, boots, sweaters and cash.

The agency is also seeking volunteers. People interested in helping can call 541-929-2499 or sign up online at philomathcom

June’s Kids Kloset had been closed to the public for nearly two weeks after program manager Carey Oien resigned over what she called verbally abusive behavior by Philomath Community Services President Jeff Lamb. Lamb has consistently denied the allegations.

Oien and the managers of two other Philomath Community Services programs, the Philomath Gleaners and Philomath Food Bank, held a public meeting Oct. 4 to protest Lamb’s behavior and call for his resignation. About 50 people attended the meeting at Philomath City Hall, and a petition demanding that the entire nine-member board step down drew 41 signatures.

In response to concerns raised at that meeting, the board has hired a mediator to interview concerned parties and recommend organizational changes.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the board also invited Philomath residents to apply for board membership. The board currently has seven members but can have up to 13.

Elections will be held in late November, and applications will be available next week on the organization’s website. Officers will be elected in December.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be contacted at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@gazettetimes.com.

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