Women Giving Back
Donate your new or gently used professional clothing to women and children in need!
Women Giving Back (WGB) is a HomeAid program that provides clothing free-of-charge to women and children referred by area case managers – most of whom live in a shelter environment. Many of these women are employed or attending school and need professional clothing and accessories in order to participate fully in the workplace. Being able to select clothing that suits them not only brings a smile to their faces, but also provides the boost of self-confidence that is so necessary to rebuilding their lives on a secure foundation.
How it works:
We distribute vouchers to area case managers which may then be passed on to clients. Only original signatures on the vouchers will be accepted. Only clients with vouchers will be able to shop at the store.
If you are a case manager and are not already on our list to receive vouchers, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer at the Women Giving Back Store!
The WGB Store is open the second Saturday of each month so that women and their children can shop free-of-charge for the items they need. We rely on volunteers to help sort clothing and prepare the Store for shoppers on Wednesdays and Fridays before the Store opening. Volunteers also help run the Store while it’s open, assisting women in choosing the right outfits and restocking clothing racks.
*If you are volunteering, please arrive no later than 8:45.
We accept “like new” clothing. Our goal is to provide clothing that will help women succeed in school and in the workplace. We therefore only accept clothing that could be worn in a professional setting. Our women and children are looking to start again and need to present a dignified, clean, and professional appearance.
Donations are accepted during a scheduled sort day, on the day of that month’s Store, or by appointment only.
Things we need:
Suits, separates, business attire, shoes, jewelry, coats, unopened make up & toiletries, purses, and business accessories. We also accept children’s clothing, shoes, and toys.
We cannot accept:
Tee-shirts, clothing that is worn out, stained, missing buttons, or dirty.
We are predominantly a volunteer program and it takes hours to separate appropriate clothing and to hang it on racks. It would help us if you are very selective about the clothing you donate. Clothing must be CLEAN and on thin plastic hangers preferably.
We only use clothing suited for a professional environment. Please do not donate clothing that does not meet our guidelines, as it is difficult to re-donate those items. Clothing that does not meet our standards is set aside and not presented to the shoppers on the day of The Store.
If you would like to donate clothing or volunteer, please e-mail the Women Giving Back Committee at email@example.com or call Marjie at 703-554-9386.