Established in 1993, the Women’s Career Closet provides free, work-appropriate clothing to area women. Whether preparing for an interview or building a wardrobe for an existing job, women may visit the Women’s Career Closet up to four times per calendar year. There are approximately 2,000 visits to the Women’s Career Closet each year.
Who is eligible to visit the Women’s Career Closet?
To qualify for the Women’s Career Closet, clients must be currently employed or actively seeking employment with scheduled interviews. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, we can provide other supportive services. Clients must be 18 years or older. Generous donations from local individuals and organizations make this program possible.
What type of apparel does the Women’s Career Closet carry?
The Women’s Career Closet carries primarily business casual and professional clothing (tops, pants, suits, dresses, coats, shoes/boots, gloves, scarves, belts, jewelry and handbags). Dressier items are available for special occasions in the YWCA’s Madison Street Boutique. Scrubs may be selected twice a year if required for an interview or a job. Items that do not meet the Women’s Career Closet criteria are used in our Madison Street Boutique or re-donated to other non-profit organizations in the greater Green Bay area. Some high-end fashion items may be consigned at local resale shops with the proceeds reinvested into the Women’s Career Closet operation.
Women’s Career Closet Hours
Please visit us during the following hours:
Tuesdays: 11:00 – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays: 11:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursdays: 11:00 – 5:00 pm
Registration closes one-half hour prior to the end of each shift; guests must arrive by that time to be served. Special group appointments are available for those participating in work readiness or customer service programs. The YWCA is closed on most major holidays, and the Women’s Career Closet is also closed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and for two weeks around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
How often is a guest allowed to visit the Women’s Career Closet?
Guests may visit the Women’s Career Closet by appointment anytime during regular hours up to 4 times per calendar year.
Are guests required to bring anything with them?
Guests are required to provide proof of Wisconsin residency at each visit – ID, letter, or bill. If a guest has an upcoming interview, it is helpful to bring a letter providing the details of the interview – date, location, etc.
Where is the Women’s Career Closet?
The Women’s Career Closet is located in the Women’s Empowerment Center on the 2nd floor of the YWCA. Use the Stuart Street entrance (corner of Stuart & Madison) and take the elevator or stairs to the 2nd floor.
When may donations for the Women’s Career Closet be dropped off?
Donations may be dropped off at the Member Services desk anytime the YWCA is open. Donation receipts for tax purposes are provided.
Contact us with questions or for more information.
We work with Better Earth Textile Recycling to make sure any donations we can’t use are handled in an environmentally responsible way.