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Clothing Collaborative for Job Trainees

Clothes that change lives

You don’t think the clothes you no longer wear can make a difference in someone’s life? Think again.

Nancy Aubrey understood the value of business outfits when she began working with Goodwill on the Put Your Clothes to Work corporate clothing drive nearly two decades ago to support the Clothing Collaborative for Job Trainees. The idea was to collect business clothes and accessories that job seekers could wear on job interviews.

“The impact these donated clothes can have on people who are looking for work is enormous,” said Nancy, a Goodwill board member. “A person can make such a difference just by donating clothes he or she is no longer wearing.”

Nancy has continued to be the driving force for the Put Your Clothes to Work drive. The clothing drive, which now includes more than 40 businesses, has collected more than 250,000 pounds of clothes and accessories for more than 7,000 men and women job seekers.

Nancy's dedicated involvment helps people like Ingrid Perez. Ingrid was unemployed when she came to Goodwill, but after completing the First Step job readiness program, and the Human Services Employment Ladder Program, she had new skills to reenter the workforce.

“The Clothing Collaborative made a difference for me,” said Ingrid, who wore her business suit to interviews at Vinfen where she is now working. “Having the right outfit gave me the confidence I needed.”


Goodwill relies on partnerships with businesses, foundations, and community organizations to advance its mission. The list of organizations is long. Some send volunteers. Some hire job trainees. Some work with mobile crews. Some donate funds. Some donate clothing or household items.

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