Wear2Start, run entirely by volunteers, relies on fundraising and donations of services, gently used clothing and accessories suitable for the workplace. Money raised helps with expenses such as rent, insurance, office supplies, alterations and dry cleaning. We are a Greater Victoria-based registered non-profit and will provide tax receipts for any donation exceeding $20.
Donations by cheque can mailed to:
Wear2Start Society, 216-733 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1M8
Or click here to donate online.
Donate a service
To add a social responsibility component to your business model, please consider a service donation to Wear2Start. Services such as hair styling, make-up consultation, drying cleaning and clothing alterations are especially in demand. Please contact us.
We work to dress women in up-to-date, comfortable and stylish clothing. Gently used shoes, handbags and jewelry are welcome, too. When culling your closet for items to donate, please ask yourself, “Would I wear this if I was going to a job interview tomorrow?”
As we are a small, volunteer-run organization, we do not pick up. Items can be left safely in the donation bin just past the staircase on the first floor of the building or outside our boutique, suite 216, at 733 Johnson St. whenever the building is open — Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note that the building is no longer open to accept donations on Saturday. An elevator is available to reach our suite on the second floor. For a map of our location, please see our contact page.
Hold a fundraising sale
Consider organizing a get-together — a clothing swamp or jewelry exchange, for example — and charge a small admission or ask participants to make a donation. Most importantly, enjoy the companionship of women helping women. For one example of a recent fundraiser, please see Accessory sale a “gem” of a fundraiser.
For organizations or businesses wishing to hold a clothing drive to support Wear2Start, please contact us.
Volunteer your time
For detailed information about volunteering opportunities, please see our How to Help page. Pay it forward by helping us to help women in need.