Sadie Wuertz


Maddie Olson, founder of Worn Relief, poses in front of her pop-up sale inventory.

Worn Relief: Maddie Olson turns second-hand clothing into funds for charity

There’s a good chance that your closet floor is littered with clothing that you just don’t wear. Maybe it’s not your color, maybe you hate the fit, or maybe it was a tacky but well-intentioned gift from a relative that you felt too guilty to return. Instead of letting these clothes go to waste, junior Maddie Olson was struck with an idea that would make a difference. When classes went fully online in the spring, in the absence of both classes and rowing for the University of Portland team, Olson used her sudden free time to start Worn Relief, a second-hand clothing shop that donates 100% of its profits to charity.