Donating Women's Business Clothing

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August 2012

I would like to donate my business wardrobe to an organization that helps battered women. Any recommendations? Time to clean the closet

Check out Wardrobe for Opportunity: R.K.
October 2006

I would like to donate some business clothes to a women's charitable organization for single working moms or women who are in need that are starting out or getting their life together. Thanks! Anon

Wardrobe for Opportunity in Oakland provides employment preparation such as resume workshops, interview coaching, job search assistance, as well as clothing for interviewing and working. ''Clothing and career support to low-income job seekers in the Bay Area.'' 570 14th Street, Suite 5, Oakland, CA 94612 | ph. 510.463.4100 | fax 510.452.4502 Through my work I've met lots of people who got jobs with their help. They're great! Stacie
I need to donate my business clothing as well. I contacted Dress for Success in San Francsisco. (Take a look at their website). Their next drop-off is from 10AM - 12 Noon on Saturday Nov. 18 at the Old St. Mary's Church 660 California Street (at Grant) San Francisco, CA 94108. They require all donations to be in excellent condition, clean and pressed on hangers. Erika
There is an organization in the Bay Area called Wardrobe for Opportunity. It is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization that provides professional clothing and career support to low- income jobseekers in the Bay Area so they can secure employment and become economically self-sufficient. See their website at
You can donate women's (and men's) business clothing to a nonprofit ''Wardrobe for Opportunity'' It's an amazing organization that really helps people who are trying to get into the workforce.
Wardrobe for Opportunity a nonprofit org. in Oakland and Walnut Creek, provides business clothing to low-income job seekers. Qualified clients visit their ''showroom'', set up like a store, and meet with a volunteer wardrobe advisor who helps select appropriate outfits for interviews and work. Clothing, shoes and accessories are free. See their website at
September 2001

I took the opportunity of the long weekend to do a little closet purging -- all those things that, quite honestly, after two kids, will NEVER fit this body again. Among the things that need to find a new home are some very nice, classic style, women's suits.... I was thinking that I'd like to give these to some sort of women's 'support' group, but I'm not sure how to go about finding them?? Any suggestions?? Thanks! Leslie

I have heard nothing but good things about Wardrobe for Opportunity ( ), which has a number of convenient drop off sites around the Bay Area. They specifically take business clothing for low income women to help them back into the work force with clothing that helps them be confident in the business world. Claire
Both Elizabeth House in Oakland and San Leandro Women's Shelter accept (and greatly appreciate!) Women's business clothing. Many of the women in these houses come to them with nothing but the clothes on their back (some escaping from abusive situations) and really need clothes to go to work in. Both shelters also provide job training and interview skills training and prep, but the clients do need clothes! Cathy
Try an organization called Wardrobe for Opportunity. Their website is Lizette
Donating Women's Business Clothes- You should check with the Women's Refuge. In the past I know they needed women's business clothes for clients for job interviews. Their phone number is: 547-4663. Lori
I've donated business clothing to Wardrobe for Opportunity, a non-profit organization that helps low-income women successfully transition into the workforce. For more info, see: - Lisa
Wardrobe for Opportunity accepts donations of womens' business clothing and accessories for low-income women who ae seeking employment. They're a wonderful organization and provide a wide range of services for their clients. Donations can be dropped off in Oakland and Walnut Creek; for complete information, visit their website at or call them at 925-935-2146. Lee
If you live near Broadway Plaza (or frequent there) in Walnut Creek, they have an Information Office on the back side of the mall, along the promenade, by Macy's. In there, they take women's business clothes (suits, shoes, etc ...) and donate them to a program which helps women on welfare get jobs in the business world. The women can come in and try on business suits for their new jobs. Wish I could remember the name of the program, but it is a well known one! Trish
Wardrobe for Opportunity is a non-profit organization that helps low-income women successfully transition into the workforce. Their goal is to help low-income women in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties improve their image and self-esteem by providing them with quality business clothing appropriate for job interviews and the professional workplace as well as career development support. Information is at . They are very selective as to what they will take, and you must drop off, but it's a good organization that is providing an important service to low income women. Jane
Wardrobe for Opportunity accepts women's business attire at the following drop-off locations. They ask that you bring them clean and on hangers. Broadway Plaza Concierge Desk (outside next to Yogurt Park) in Walnut Creek. 10am-5pm Seven days. J. Malnick, 3751 East 14th Street, Oakland. Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. Union Bank of CA, 617 San Ramon Valley Blvd. in Danville. Monday-Wednesday 8-8, Thuresday &.Friday 9-5. Cal Fed Bank, 3614 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette. Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-1. I recently dropped off some clothes at Broadway Plaza and it was convenient and easy. Laura
The city of Oakland has two programs that would benefit from a donation of women's professional attire. ASSETS Senior Employment Opportunities gives women 55 and older the training and resources to re-enter the job market or expand existing skills. The Oakland Welfare-to-Work program assists families in getting off of welfare and into the job market. Please bring items to the Dalziel Building 4th floor, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at the corner of 14th and Broadway in Oakland. For more information about ASSETS please call Brendalynn Goodall at 238-6137, for information about Oakland's Welfare-to-Work prgrams contact Edna Davis at 239-3646. t j
I donate women's business clothing to Wardrobe for Opportunity which even has a website - -- and lots of drop-off options. Paula
Your idea is contact a shelter or women's rehabilitation/transition organization like A Safe Place. They, like other similar organizations, are usually receptive to these types of donations. Good Luck! Rue