The change of seasons is often the best time to sort through your closet. If you find yourself with gently used items you no longer wish to keep, consider giving them to one of these seven nonprofits accepting clothing donations.
Donating over 13,000 gently used household products and clothing to families every year, Neighborhood House aims to help those in need on their journey to self-sustainability. Clothes are provided at an extremely low cost, or no cost at all, and all proceeds from the clothing sold go back into the organization. The organization’s clothing closet also features a gift area, where parents can select a brand new item to give to their child. Neighborhood House accepts new and gently used clean clothing donations. Neighborhood House Clothes Closet, 44 Mill St., Rochester; 248-656-0230; ranh.org.
Michigan Dress for Success
Empowering women to find economic independence, Dress for Success provides professional attire. The organization seeks donations of clothing that could be worn to job interviews as well as jewelry and handbags. But it goes above and beyond outfitting women for job interviews, employment, etc. — Dress for Success’s mission is to create a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect, and are able to strengthen their families and communities. Dress for Success, 5361 McAuley Dr., Suite 1125, Ypsilanti; michigan.dressforsuccess.org.
Good for Goods
Founded in 2019, Good for Goods acts as a middleman, garnering local support, collecting donations, and finding other organizations in need of assistance. Its Community Closet program collects new and used clean clothing and provides them to those in need at no cost. Donation information and forms can be found on its website. Good for Goods, 1109 Decker Road, Suite B., Walled Lake; 248-776-4900; goodforgoodsonline.com.
Haven offers a comprehensive program for victims of sexual assault as well as domestic violence. The nonprofit accepts clothing, and is in major need of women’s leggings, boys’ underwear, and bath towels. It also takes new and full-sized products, such as lotions, laundry soap, and cleaning supplies. Haven’s website includes a detailed list of products and donations that the organization is looking for. Haven, 801 Vanguard Dr., Pontiac; 248-334-1284; haven-oakland.org.
The Children’s Center provides countless programs to enrich the lives of kids with developmental, emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges in Detroit. If you have kids items to donate, consider giving here. The organization regularly holds donation events, including a Back to School Shop and Holiday Shop. The Children’s Center boutique also accepts donations and is open year-round for its kids, serving over 250 families each year. Donations can include — but are not limited to — diapers, gently used clothing, books, toys, and household items. The Children’s Center, 79 W. Alexandrine St., Detroit; 313-831-5535; thechildrenscenter.com.
Alternatives For Girls
Seeking to help girls and young women who are experiencing or at-risk for homelessness, Alternatives For Girls is a nonprofit that provides shelter, mentoring, and other programs. From college prep courses to summer camps, this organization involves itself directly in the lives of local girls. Alternatives For Girls accepts donations of clothing as well as hygiene products, diapers, and non-perishables. Alternatives For Girls, 903 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-361-4000; alternativesforgirls.org.
Jackets for Jobs
Similar to Dress for Success, this nonprofit is supporting women in the workplace. Providing career skills training, employment etiquette, and professional clothing to those in need, Jackets for Jobs has helped over 20,000 clients. The organization accepts donations of professional attire, handbags, belts, jewelry, and unused cosmetics. Donations can be made at the nonprofit’s Connor Street location. Jackets for Jobs, 5555 Conner St., Suite 2097, Detroit; 313-579-9160; jacketsforjobs.org.
This post was originally published in 2021 and has been updated for 2022.