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Updated 11.12.20 – The YWCA Elgin is now accepting clothing donations for our Clothing Center and Cinderella’s Closet. Our Clothing Distribution Center is gearing up for winter and is in desperate need of men’s jeans (all sizes) and winter clothing for men, women, and children. Donations can be dropped off at the YWCA Elgin Customer Service during our normal hours of operation.

Clothing Distribution Center

The YWCA Elgin Clothing Distribution Center provides clothing to those in need. Local social service agencies provide our clients with their referrals. 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.


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.


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.


On November 30, 2021, the YWCA Elgin will proudly participate in #GivingTuesday. This global day of giving invites individuals like you to celebrate the holiday season by giving back. Create change in your community and world by donating to the YWCA Elgin. Together, we can build brighter futures.