Be Bold Take Charge, a social entrepreneurship initiative in Reading, is hosting a Ready for Work Clothing Drive in partnership with Goodwill Keystone Area and Berks Connections/Pretrial Services (BCPS) from March 22nd to April 12th.

 

The drive directly supports our mission of assisting individuals transitioning from the corrections system back into the local workforce. This partnership will provide valuable donations to Goodwill stores and in exchange, Goodwill will provide gift cards which job-seeking individuals served by BCPS can then use to purchase work attire.

 

While all donations are welcome, Be Bold Take Charge’s focus is gently-used interview appropriate attire, including dress shirts, polos, khakis, skirts, blouses, and blazers. Donations can be dropped off at the following Goodwill Stores: Morgantown, Muhlenberg, Robesonia, Shillington, and St. Lawrence.

 

Donors should mention the "Be Bold Take Charge" drive

 

Donations are also being accepted at the following locations where clothing can be placed in marked donation bins:

  • Exeter Township Target - 4599 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606

  • Signature Collision - 633 Lancaster Ave, Reading, PA 19611

  • Exeter Community Library - 4565 Prestwick Dr., Reading, PA 19606 

  • Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery - 1245 Penn Ave, Wyomissing, PA, 19610

  • Shillington Farmers Market - 10 S Summit Ave, Shillington, PA 19607

  • PSU Berks - Gaige Building - 1801 Broadcasting Rd, Reading PA 19610 

  • Pier 1 - 1040 Berkshire Blvd, Reading, PA 19610

  • Goggle Works - 201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601

  • St. Joseph medical Center - Bernville Rd, Reading, PA 19605

  • St. Joseph Downtown Reading - 145 N 6th St, Reading, PA 19601

If you wish to receive a receipt for tax purposes, please utilize one of the Goodwill Store locations to drop off your donations.

According to the volume of clothing donated, Goodwill will provide gift cards that clients of BCPS can use to purchase work attire in stores. These gift cards give job seekers the purchasing power and confidence to buy clothes that best work for them!

Interested in contributing but don't have clothing to donate? Assist with returning job-seekers’ public transportation costs by donating here:

For more information regarding Goodwill donations, contact drives@yourgoodwill.org or call 877.585.0135.
For more information about this Ready for Work Clothing Drive, contact beboldtakecharge@gmail.com or call 610.396.6327.

Make a one time secure online donation using Paypal or credit card:

About the Participating Organizations

 

Be Bold Take Charge (BBTC) is a social entrepreneurship organization that works to address the root causes of poor health in the City of Reading. BBTC not only focuses on improving nutrition and increasing physical activity, but also on social determinants of health like providing education, changing perspectives, reducing crime, promoting economic development, working at the grassroots level, and improving food access.

 

Goodwill Keystone Area is a non-profit administering more than 40 thrift stores and donation centers as well as business services across 22 Central and Southeast Pennsylvania counties to fund programs for people seeking hope and independence.

Berks Connections/Pretrial Services

19 N. 6th St, 4th Floor

Reading, PA 19601

1-484-260-3860