Donate Clothing

We want our participant’s to look (and feel!) confident and professional.

 Thank you for your patience as we navigate our return to campus and best practices for safety! 

 

Beginning the week of June 15th through July 5th, we will be able to accept clothing donations on Thursdays between the hours of 12-4PM.  Beginning the week of July 5th, we look to expand our donation hours to Thursdays and Fridays between 12-4PM.

To Make Donating Safe and Easy:
We ask that donated clothing be freshly washed or dry cleaned.
If possible, we request that items are hung on hangers to expedite your drop off.

To Drop Off Clothing:
Please pull your vehicle into the alley directly to the north of Cara’s main entrance.
When you arrive, please call 312-798-3340 and we will meet you in the alley.
Please wear a mask and do not exit your vehicle.  We will unload your donation for you.

Donation receipts will be emailed upon request.  Please send requests and completed receipts to lsimpson@carachicago.org

 

 

“The first time I put on a suit, I looked in the mirror and saw a boss looking back at me. I walked out the door with my head held high and the world looked so new.” – Corneisha

Our participants time and time again tell us how they get viewed differently on their morning commute, how people in the neighborhood will smile as they walk by, and how they feel a part of the downtown hustle and bustle – all because of how they are professionally dressed.

“I put on the suit and I look in the mirror and feel so much more confident about myself. It brought my swag back!” – Phillip

We want participants to wear an outfit that inspires confidence. That’s not just the perception of confidence, but the inner confidence, pride, and sense of preparedness that can come along with something as simple as buttoning up buttons.

Women's Clothing
  • Suits (blazer with matching skirt or pants)
  • Blazers
  • Dress pants or slacks
  • Blouses
  • Dresses
  • Belts
  • Dress shoes (closed toe, preferably flats) and tights (new)
  • Purses and briefcases
  • Overcoats

We are always looking for larger sizes in clothing and shoes.


Men's Clothing
  • Suits (jacket with matching pants)
  • Sport coats
  • Button-up dress shirts
  • Belts
  • Dress shoes
  • Ties
  • Briefcases
  • Overcoats

We are always looking for larger sizes in clothing and shoes.

Items We Can't Accept
  • Sweat pants, athletic clothing/footwear, or hoodies
  • Corduroy pants and jackets
  • Denim or denim-like material (jacket, pants, or shirts)
  •  White, cream or bold color suits, slacks or skirts
  • Open toe shoes or sandals
  • Children’s clothing

 

How to Donate
  • If you are donating outerwear or any kind of bag, please check that there are no holes, tears, or stains, and that all zippers and clasps are in working order.
  • Clothing donations may be dropped off Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Cara’s offices located at: 237 S. Desplaines or 56 E. 47th Street, Suite 510C.
  • Upon entering the building, let the receptionist know you are dropping off a clothing donation.
  • As you drop off your clothing, you will be asked to fill out a receipt suitable for tax purposes and given a copy for your records.

Due to limited resources, we are unable to facilitate any pick-ups at this time. We would be grateful for clothing donations to be dropped off at our office.


Questions

For any additional questions or help with your donation, please contact Cara’s Office Manager, Lisa Schreck, at lschreck@carachicago.org or (312) 798-3340.

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Your gift goes to work so every Cara participant can. We greatly appreciate any consideration you can give in support of our mission.

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