Community Action Coalition

For adults with limited incomes looking for work, obtaining professional looking clothing for a job interview can be difficult.

For years, Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (CAC)’s free Clothing Center and YWCA Madison’s Suited for Success Boutique have each worked to provide women with professional clothing to wear to job interviews and new jobs.

With the Suited for Success Boutique closing recently, YWCA reached out to CAC to share their remaining inventory. By receiving the clothing formerly distributed by the Suited for Success Boutique, CAC’s free Clothing Center will continue to provide women’s office professional clothing to low-income individuals in Dane County.

“Making a good first impression is important when interviewing for a job,” said Greta C. Hansen, Executive Director of CAC. “While the closing of the Suited for Success Boutique is unfortunate, CAC is committed to providing clothing of all kinds to individuals and families in our community who are working hard toward self-sufficiency.”

CAC’s free Clothing Center is open for shopping Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at other times by appointment. Participants must be at or below 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify and must bring identification for each household member to register.

CAC received the large clothing donation from YWCA Madison on March 6 and it will be available to shoppers starting Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

In addition to office professional clothing, the Clothing Center provides casual clothes and accessories like shoes, purses, belts, winter clothing, and other items to families and individuals of all genders and sizes for free. More than 9,000 families and individuals shop at the Clothing Center each year, which is staffed by volunteers under CAC staff supervision.

Individuals or organizations can donate clothing at 1717 N. Stoughton Rd., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CAC’s offices will be closed Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Founded in 1966, CAC’s mission is to “develop the economic and social capacities of individuals, families, and communities to reduce poverty in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha Counties.” Services provided from CAC’s headquarters in Madison include a free Clothing Center, a food warehouse serving food pantries across Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha Counties, homelessness prevention and housing case management services, and CAC’s Community Gardens program. More information is available online at

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