Donated clothing helps low-income job seekers

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 13, 2010 - 12:29 PM

Here’s a slightly different niche — charities that help low-income women and men obtain clothing appropriate for interviews and jobs. Consider donating spring and summer items in good condition.

Several weeks ago, I mentioned charities that will pick up items at your home. Here’s a slightly different niche — charities that help low-income women and men obtain clothing appropriate for interviews and jobs.

Consider donating spring and summer items in good condition. Women’s charities want blazers, suits, skirts, blouses, slacks, scarves, jewelry, toiletries, shoes, new undergarments and packaged hosiery. Plus sizes are always appreciated due to short supply.

Men’s charities seek suits, shirts, dress slacks, khakis, coats, toiletries, new underwear, shoes and socks.  Call first to inquire about specific items. Only the Clothes Closet, Ready for Success and Vine & Branches are currently accepting men’s items. ¶

Don’t make the charity your dumping ground. If the item is something that you would wear to a job interview yourself, it should be fine. If not, it might be more appropriate for a different charity. If I’ve missed any charities that fit this category, please let me know.

Martha’s Closet, a program of Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St., St. Paul, 651-224-4728 . Donations on hangers are accepted from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 5 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month.

The Unlimited, a program at Elim Church, 685 13th Av. NE., Minneapolis, 612-789-3591 or www.elimchurch.com . Donations can be dropped off from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, but call first.

Ready for Success, a family support program of Episcopal Community Services, 425 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis, 952-836-6722 (men’s), Hazel Park Congregational Church, 1831 E. Minnehaha Av., St. Paul, 651-731-6400 (women’s) and 1730 Clifton Place, Suite 10, Minneapolis, 612-871-4086 (women’s). Call for appointment times.

Clothes Closet at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis, 612-870-4416 . Donations for men and women are accepted 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon Sundays.

Vine & Branches at Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Av. S., Richfield, 612-866-1359. Men’s and women’s donations accepted during church office hours or from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633 or jewoldt@startribune.com. If you spot a deal, share it at www.startribune.com/blogs/dealspotter.

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