Published February 24, 2022
Job interviews, weddings, and formal gatherings typically require men to wear suits. But while suits might be a prominent fixture in your wardrobe, they can be pretty expensive for some people.
According tothis article, good-quality men’s suits cost around $500 to $800. But if you’re struggling to even put food on the table, you surely won’t be able to afford such an expense.
This is one of the major reasons why homeless and underprivileged people often have a hard time getting a job that pays a living wage. Even if they have the skills and qualifications, they can’t show up to a job interview with a threadbare shirt. That’s why for them, a business suit can sometimes be a lifeline.
So if you have plenty of business suits you want to get rid of, better donate them to the people who need them. Here are the top places to donate men’s suits in the US:
Founded in 1998, Career Gear aims to provide interview-appropriate clothing to men entering or reentering the workforce. They serve people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Aside from secondhand suits, Career Gear also supports mentoring, peer support groups, financial planning seminars, and time management classes.
They accept both new and gently-used interview-appropriate clothes as well as:
- computer bags
- collar stays
- business and office supplies
As of this writing, only their Greater Houston office is operational. So if you live in Houston, you can drop off your donation at their office in the old Sharpstown Mall. Make sure to schedule your drop-off in advance by sending them an email or through their website.
Salvation Army is the go-to organization for most people wanting to get rid of old clothes. And yes, they accept slightly-used men’s suits too.
Donated clothes are sold in their thrift stores. The money raised from this is then used to fund their Adult Rehabilitation Centers and various charity programs.
They have drop-off locations all over the country. So wherever you might live, there’s a good chance that there’s a Salvation Army drop-off station near you.
Our war veterans make up a major percentage of the country’s homeless population. In fact,recent statistics suggest that 8% of all sheltered homeless adults are veterans.
Aside from homelessness, many veterans are also struggling with unemployment. This is why the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was created. They aim to help uniformed officers get back on their feet through various advocacies, outreach programs, and veteran services.
The charity accepts both cash and in-kind donations including used clothes. You can drop off your donation in various locations around the country or schedule a pick-up through their website.
Just like VVA, Hire Heroes USA helps military veterans find jobs by providing them the support they need to start a career. This includes personalized coaching and mentoring, resume writing, and whatever else they need to thrive in the civilian workforce.
The charity also partners with various companies and corporations to encourage them to hire veterans.
Aside from cash, they also accept interview-appropriate clothes for both men and women. You can drop off or mail your donations to their head office in Alpharetta, Georgia.
If you don’t have time to drop off your donation or the drop-off location is far from your home, just call Green Drop and they’ll take care of it for you.
Green Drop is a nonprofit that converts lightly used clothing and household items into cash to support various charitable organizations. They’ve converted abandoned gasoline stations and convenience stores into drop-off locations.
While most organizations in this list only accept slightly used clothes, Green Drop welcomes all kinds of clothing donations. Depending on their condition, your donations are either sold to thrift stores, sent to third-world countries, or recycled.
They do both pick-up and drop-off. Just make sure to pack your donations securely. They’ll also give you a receipt of your donation which you can use for tax deduction purposes.
As of this writing, they have already partnered with organizations like:
- American Red Cross
- Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation
- National Federation of the Blind
- St. Vincent de Paul
You can choose which charity you want your donation to go to by putting the charity name on it or informing the attendant (for drop-offs).
Project Smile is a nonprofit based in Massachusetts. Through theirSuits and Smiles program, they provide business attires to low-income men so they can get better jobs and achieve financial independence.
The organization works with various social service agencies to identify men who are in great need of a job interview or work attire. They cater to men of all ages, ethnicity, and backgrounds. This includes veterans, recovering addicts, and disabled individuals.
Donation drop-offs are by appointment only. So make sure you call or email them before bringing your donations to their office.
7. Homeless Shelters
Yes, some homeless shelters accept business clothing donations too. Besides giving them a temporary place to stay, some homeless shelters also help their residents find employment. This includes providing them with clothes they can wear to interviews.
Not all homeless shelters accept clothing donations though. So call your local homeless shelter beforehand to determine if they accept clothing donations.
8. Organizations Helping Former Felons
It’s not a secret that former felons usually have a hard time finding a job. But having access to work-appropriate clothes will surely enhance their chances of getting hired.
So if you’re planning to donate men’s suits, consider giving them to organizations that help former felons. One organization JailstoJobs.org has a list of charities that provide professional attire to those in need. You can donate directly to those organizations. Or you can check out charities like:
9. Soup Kitchens
Soup kitchens primarily provide home-cooked meals to anyone in need in an environment free from judgment and discrimination.
But some soup kitchens like Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen also provide clothes and business attire. These are especially useful for guests who are down on their luck but are trying to put their life back together.
Inquire at your local soup kitchen to see if they’re accepting clothing donations. Or if you’re from South Florida, you can drop off your donations at our soup kitchen in Pompano Beach.
10. Places of Worship
Churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues usually conduct donation drives for the local community. You can ask your local place of worship if they accept men’s suit donations and their donation process.
11. Local Charities
Many local charities accept used clothing donations. These are usually distributed to families and individuals in need within the community. So if you want your work clothes to benefit a neighbor or a local family, these charities are your best bet.
Donate To The Poor & Homeless Of South Florida
Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen has fed the poor and homeless in South Florida over 900,000 hot meals since 1993. Our tax deductible non profit organization also accepts and distributes donations such as clothing, toiletries, shoes, bicycles, and more. You can donate to help the poor and homeless through our website.
About The Author
Judy Ponio is a professional writer and devoted Christian. She has a passion for writing about topics related to morality and helping the poor and homeless. She is the lead author for the Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen blog.
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