Have Marie Kondo and the approaching beautiful weather inspired you to start tackling your spring cleaning? It's the perfect time to clean out your closet and refresh your space. But don't just throw out your clothes -- use this time to do double the good by donating your gently used clothing to one of these local D.C. organizations. You'll not only be re-purposing items you don't use, but you'll be helping out your neighbors and your community. These four organizations collect clothes in good condition and allow those in need to "shop" for or take clothing items they could use. From children's pajamas to men's suits and everything in between, there is likely someone who could really use the article of clothing you are parting ways with.
Bread for the City's Clothing Center has around 1,000 visits each month. Those in need can sign up for a time slot to visit the center for 15 minutes once a week. During their slot, visitors can "shop" for clothes for themselves or family members and take the items they need. Bread for the City is always looking for seasonally appropriate men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes, underwear and winter outerwear in good condition. They also need and accept books, hat small household items and toiletries. Other items that Bread for the City needs donated in order to run their clothing center includes hanger stackers, disposable gloves, trash bags and small bins. Drop of your donations to either the northwest center or the southeast center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays or after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Get more information here.
A Wider Circle offers a professional development program to help individuals enter the workforce. As part of this program, they help individuals look their very best for interviews and new jobs. Every person in need of professional clothing will be scheduled with their very own personal shopper who will help them select outfits to look and feel their very best! However, A Wider Circle needs donations of professional clothing to keep this program up and running. If you find that you have a lot of work/professional items in good condition, A Wider Circle may be the best place for them to go. They need the following items: suits, suit separates, dress shirts/blouses, ties, dresses, purses, briefcases, belts and shoes. A Wider Circle will accept donations at their location in Silver Spring, Maryland, seven days a week. They request items are donated clean and on hangers. More information about the items they are looking for can be found here.
Suited for Change offers a similar program to A Wider Circle, with a special focus on women who are entering the job market or have been recently employed and need professional clothing items. Clients sign up to meet with a personal stylist to help them find everything they need for free. In order to make this happen, they accept new and gently-worn women's professional clothing and accessories on Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. According to their website, their most urgent needs include: handbags, shoes size 10 and up, Black blazers size 14 and up, blouses size 14 and up, and earrings and necklaces. A full list of the items they will accept can be found here.
Interfaith Works Clothing Center is located in Rockville, Maryland, and their program is set up just like a store so that low-income families can visit the center and "shop" for clothing and home goods free of charge. Any clothing items in good, clean condition, are accepted -- whether it's for men, women or children. Right now, they are urgently in need of some additional non-clothing items, such as: adult diapers, strollers, car seats, dishes, linens, blankets, bed sheets and towels. You can drop off your donations Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get more information about the items they need here.