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 are only accepting donations that meets the following need criteria:
1) Clothing must be of current design (purchased in the last five years or of timeless design) clean, in good condition, no tears, rips or stains and on hangers - we cannot accept clothing that is bagged.
In October we are accepting Fall clothing only. In November we are accepting Winter clothing as well as outerwear.
2) What do we need? 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 (no double breasted suits, please) 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, outerwear and shoes in larger sizes (9 and up) as well as accessories. All clothing must be on hangers we can no longer accept bagged clothing.
For The Bottomline Boutique we are accepting high-end couture, designer, vintage and evening-wear clothing and accessories. The Bottomline Boutique sales support programming expenses. Your support is appreciated!
We will NOT be accepting donations in December or January.
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!
Directions to Back Entrance Drop-Off Site
While our office is located at 1236 S. Halsted St. just west of the Kennedy Expressway and south of Roosevelt Rd. The best access for dropping off large donations is behind the building. To access the back of the building go to S. Newberry St., one very short block west of S. Halsted. It it is a left hand turn onto S. Newberry St. (St. Francis of Assissi Church is on the corner). Go past the church parking lot and you will see the Bridge to Success Donor Day sign and area on your left.
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!
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!
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.