Donate Clothing

We have Good News and Bad News for you, our donors. The Good News is you, our donors,  have been incredibly generous and our closet runneth over (i.e. we are stuffed to the rafters). The Bad News is we now must severely limit what we accept and when we accept donations. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we are working on a list of other agencies you can help.  Beginning October 1, 2014 we will only be accepting donations that meet the following need criteria:  Men's big and tall two piece suits (no double breasted, suits please) in sizes 48 and up, extra large shirts, pants and outerwear. Men's small two piece suits in size 38, slacks with 30 - 32" waist, shirts with neck size 14/15. Men's shoes in ALL sizes. Women's plus size clothing sizes 16 and up and outerwear along with shoes in larger sizes (9 and up) and accessories. All clothing must be on hangers we can no longer accept clothing that comes in a bag.

If you have high-end couture, designer, vintage and evening wear clothing and accessories we can accept it! While this clothing is not appropriate for our clients, Bridge to Success sells it in our resale boutique, The Bottomline, to  support programming expenses. Your support is appreciated.

In October we will only accept the above listed items on Tuesday, October 14th and Saturday, October 18th from 11:00 to 4:30 p.m. by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  You may  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment.

In November we will accept donations on Tuesday, November 11th and Saturday, November 15th from 11:00 to 4:30 p.m. by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  You may  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment.

We will NOT be accepting donations in December or January.

2014
 
October  14th and 18th from 11:00 - 4:30  Accepting Fall clothing - on LIMITED BASIS - SEE ABOVE GUIDELINES
November 11th and 15th 11:00 - 4:30  Accepting Winter clothing and outerwear - on LIMITED BASIS - SEE ABOVE GUIDELINES
December NO DONATIONS ACCEPTED

January 2015: NO DONATIONS ACCEPTED

Bridge to Success relies on donations of professional/business clothing and accessories to ensure we have the inventory to dress our clients for work. Our clients will often leave our center to go directly to an interview. We serve men, women and young adults.

When donating professional/business clothing please remember we are preparing our clients to make a great first impression - they won't get a second chance so be sure what you donate will do that for them!

We have restricted needs for men's big and tall two piece suits (no double breasted, suits please) in sizes 48 and up, extra large shirts, pants and outerwear. Men's small two piece suits in size 38, slacks with 30 - 32" waist, shirts with neck size 14/15. Men's shoes in ALL sizes. Women's plus size clothing sizes 16 and up and outerwear along with shoes in larger sizes (9 and up) and accessories.

Clothing donation

 On a restricted basis we accept business professional and business casual clothing, coats and accessories (shoes, ties, handbags, belts, cuff links, scarves, hosiery, briefcases, jewelry, etc.).  Clothing must be of current style (within 5 years or of timeless design), CLEAN and in GOOD condition (no rips, tears, broken zippers, stains, etc.), in season  and on a hanger (we can no longer accept clothing not on hangers. This ensures that it will arrive at our center without wrinkles. (Some of our participants do not have irons, and they cannot afford dry-cleaning). Many times our participants go directly to a job interview when they leave our center.

It is important that the sizes be noted – especially on a man's suit.

Couture/Designer/Vintage Clothing

We would love your couture, designer, vintage and evening wear clothing and accessories! While this clothing is not appropriate for our clients, Bridge to Success sells it in our resale boutique, The Bottomline, to  support programming expenses. Your support is appreciated.

If you have experienced a bed bug infestation, Bridge to Success cannot accept your clothing.  We also cannot accept pajamas, sweat clothing, gym shoes and socks, flip flops,  underwear, logoed t-shirts/shirts, or bathing suits. Thank you for your understanding! 

Tax Receipts

All donations are tax deductible. We do not need an itemized listing of your donations. When you donate you will receive a receipt for your tax file.

 Clothing and Accessory Drives

 Interested in organizing a drive on behalf of your company?

We appreciate the many clothing drives that are conducted on our behalf. If you are interested in hosting a clothing or accessories drive, please contact us prior to your event to ensure that we have room for your donations and so we can ensure that you are collecting the items that we need. We have clothing and accessory drive guidelines that will make it easy for you to coordinate a successful drive.

Don't forget the Empowerment part of your drive! 

Clothing Drive Guidelines

In addition to clothing, Bridge to Success relies on financial donations to outfit the men and women who need our assistance! All donations are tax deductible.

  • Ask your company to match its employees' contributions with a corporate gift of $150 or more.
  • Have colleagues without clothes to donate support the drive with a financial gift.
  • Collect spare change and donate it to Bridge to Success.

Save the Date!
Fall Luncheon

Changing lives...
One suit at a time

 

 TUESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 p.m
Registration begins at 11:30 am

The Northern Trust Bank
50 S. LaSalle Street, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL

We are excited to announce that Terrell Brown, ABC 7 News, will emcee our fall luncheon! The luncheon is a great way to support Bridge to Success and hear client’s stories (warning -  this may bring tears to your eyes).

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