The Career Closet Collection project will help job seekers take their first step to a better life.

Rotary District 5280 is partnering with Goodwill Southern California to help provide gently used business attire to be made available free of charge for participants in the Goodwill Jobs Centers. Would your club like to help meet the need?

Learn About the Goodwill Employment Centers

Goodwill Employment Centers are located throughout Southern California and they bring job seekers and employers together in one place.

How to donate to the Career Closet

Your club’s donation of business attire will go a long to helping job seekers start their new careers.

How your club can participate

Step 1 – Set Up a Collection Date

Set a date for club members to bring their new or gently used business attire to a club meeting or nearby location. Examples of business attire needed are below. All donated items should be in wearable condition.

Men’s Attire

  • Formal suits
  • Business shirts
  • Sports jackets
  • Slacks
  • Leather dress shoes
  • Briefcases
  • Belts
  • Ties

Women’s Attire

  • Formal suits
  • Formal business blouses
  • Dressy jackets & sweaters
  • Dress pants & skirts
  • Closed-toe leather shoes
  • Briefcases
  • Belts

Step 2 – Package and Document

  • Take a group picture of club members next to donated items (We’ll be sharing these pictures at the District Assembly later this year)
  • Package the donated items neatly in a box (include hangers if possible)
  • Contact James Cheydleur of Goodwill SoCal ( to set up a day and time at a local Goodwill to drop off your donation.

Want a receipt for tax purposes?

Club members can scan the code on this page to record their personal donation to the project and receive an e-receipt.

Goodwill SoCal helps thousands of job seekers start new careers every year.

Goodwill is more than just a store

When James Cheydleur from Goodwill Southern California presented at our club we learned that theres much more to Goodwill than just their retail outlets. Here in Southern California they operate several Employment Centers that specialize in helping job seekers with challenging situations start new careers and change their lives.

Through a network of partners, Goodwill Southern California Employment Centers bring job seekers and employers together in one place. Employers receive assistance finding candidates and screening prospective employees, and career seekers receive assistance in the following areas:

  • One-on-One Career Counseling
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Access to Computer, Internet, Phone, Fax and Copier
  • Resume Writing
  • Computer and Skills Training
  • Interview Workshops
  • Financial Management
  • Access to Community Resources
  • Text Books, Bus Passes, and other Work Tools
  • On-the-Job Training Opportunities
  • Career Development and Job Leads

The transformative power of work

Whatever barriers to employment people face, Goodwill Southern California is ready to help. They believe in the transformative power of work and are deeply committed to helping individuals with barriers to employment secure sustainable employment and enjoy a greater sense of independence, dignity, purpose and pride.

At their WorkSource and Career Resource Centers, Goodwill provides individuals with no-cost career counseling, resume workshops, interview coaching, access to job search tools, referrals to advanced education courses and a broad spectrum of additional practical aids that help prepare them for the workforce and enable them to get back on their own two feet.

Individual challenges range from physical and developmental disabilities to other vocational obstacles, such as a teen who lacks work experience, or a mature worker whose job has been outsourced. Aided by training, education, new skills acquisition and career counseling and placement services, Goodwill helps thousands of individuals achieve career success every year.

Goodwill Southern California is a proud partner of WorkSource California, a network of workforce experts that leverage funding and resources throughout the region to provide job seekers and businesses with no-cost, high impact employment and training services. WorkSource California is an initiative of the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board and the Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services.

Goodwill Southern California was designated a top-rated job training and placement non-profit by The list represents organizations that best exemplify a commitment to serving their community’s growing need for jobs in this economy.

What is the Career Closet

Every Goodwill Career Center  is equipped with a Career Closet where job seekers can obtain business attire free of charge. A variety of clothes is needed for men and women in various sizes to help meet the need.

You can share this video with your club to help promote this vocational project.