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Clothing Distribution Center

The YWCA Elgin Clothing Distribution Center provides clothing to those in need. Local social service agencies provide our clients with their referral. In order to receive a referral you must meet the guidelines. Please review the Clothing Center rules before planning your visit.

Clothing Center Rules 2019-20 Schedule

Hours of Operation:

We are open the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Female clients are able to shop from 10:00am – 1:00pm and male clients are able to shop from 1:30pm -2:30pm. For a complete, printable schedule, click here.

Donations:

The Clothing Center is accepting clothing donations at this time. We request that donations are clean, in good shape, and in a kitchen bag (no heavy duty) or grocery bag. Your donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; we follow the School District U-46 holiday closure schedule. If you would like to donate something other than clothing please call ahead to make sure that we can accommodate your donation, 847.742.7930.

Volunteering

Our Clothing Distribution Center is in constant need of individuals to help sort incoming donations and customer service. Volunteer opportunities are available most Wednesdays from 9:45 am -3:00 pm. To become a volunteer please email Sherry Kinser, Clothing Center Administrator, at skinser@ywcaelgin.org.

If you do not qualify for a clothing voucher the YWCA Elgin also opens our shop for individuals to purchase clothing at a drastically reduced price. For more information, click here.

 

YWCA Elgin’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

We are mourning the cold-hearted and cruel killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department Officer as three fellow officers watched. Mr. Floyd’s killing reminds us that for far too long African Americans are much more likely to die at the hands of the police. Mr. Floyd is the latest and most vivid example of how black lives continue to be discarded.

Protesters are marching in the streets across the United States, in the greatest numbers since the 1960’s. It sends a strong message we must make changes now and end this cycle. It is imperative to end the institutional racism that infects our society.

The YWCA Elgin stands with Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA, who states, “We are outraged by the callous killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer – and similarly appalled by the inaction of three other officers who stood by watching as George Floyd endured unspeakable suffering, but addressing this specific incident alone won’t be enough to prevent future incidents of police violence against Black people, and people of color in America. Our country’s failure to address institutional racism is costing lives. Racism is why coronavirus is killing more people of color than white people. Racism is why police shootings are a leading cause of death for young Black men. Racism is why Black mothers die more frequently in childbirth. Racism has no place in the America we all deserve.”

We call on our national, state, and local leaders to immediately acknowledge the institutional racism in our society and to immediately implement change. The YWCA Elgin, along with the YWCA USA, is committed to racial justice, and we stand united in the fight for all for a fair and just society.

The Board of Directors, YWCA Elgin