Non-profits clothing closets, charities, and churches in the Worcester County region can help children, low income families, Veterans and the working poor. Resources include free clothing, work items, Christmas assistance, school supplies, and winter coats. Thrift stores or vouchers may even have some household items as well, and this can include appliances, gently used furniture, and similar items.
With the economy in central and western Massachusetts still facing challenges, these clothing closets may be able to help the less fortunate and unemployed get some of their basic needs met. There is always strong demand for winter coats, gifts, and toys for children around Christmas. Some seasonal programs may also operate in Worcester and provide items such as free school supplies or clothing to students during the fall.
While not as common, some of the centers may be able to offer other social services. This can include job training, financial aid for rent or utilities, and assistance in apply for government aid. Call a local Worcester County center for more information.
Adventist Community Service Center
Address: 129 Bolton Road Box 1003
South Lancaster, Massachusetts, 01561
Call (978) 365-7152
The non-profit provides bedding/linen, clothing, household items, school supplies and also operates a food pantry.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Worcester
10 Hammond Street
Worcester, MA, 01610
Call (508) 860-2250
In addition to clothing, a number of social service programs are offered. A focus is on housing and eviction prevention. Receive credit and budget counseling too.
Centro Las Americas
Primary address: 11 Sycamore Street
Worcester, MA, 01608
(508) 798-1900 Ext: 252
Provide Christmas assistance including programs like Toys for Tots. Services are offered for immigrants and others who are struggling.
First Baptist Church Community Food Cupboard
Location is 23 West Street
Leominster, Massachusetts, 01453
Number is (978) 537-2685
Friendly House, Inc.
36 Wall Street
Worcester, MA, 01604
Services are offered for immigrants and others in the Worcester community. Apply for clothing, transportation assistance, and other forms of aid.
Lighthouse on the Rock
500 Main Street
Athol, MA, 01331
Dial (978) 249-4024 for intake.
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. (MOC)
There are several agencies in the region. The centers offer free Christmas toys, holiday food baskets, work clothing for women, emergency food and budgeting counseling.
Learning Center is at 430 Main Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 01420, call (978) 342-8617
Address is 62 Normandy Road Post Office Box 7591, Fitchburg, MA, 01420. Telephone - (978) 342-8617
Gardner Community Action Committee (CAC)
Primary location is 294 Pleasant Street
Gardner, MA, 01440. Phone (888) 993-3322
The center provides prescription and housing expense assistance, medical transportation, clothing, and Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance programs. This can include toys for children, clothing, and other needed household supplies.
Winchendon Community Action Center, Inc.
Location is 273 Central Street
Winchendon, MA, 01475
Dial (978) 297-1667
Pernet Family Health Service
Location is 237 Millbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01610
Call (508) 755-1228
Pregnant women, their families and newborns may all receive help. Some of the assistance available can provide formula/baby food, childbirth education, diapers, maternity clothes, and much more.
Saint Paul's Cathedral - Outreach
Location is 19 Chatham Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01609
Main number is (508) 799-4193
Salvation Army of Greater Milford is only for people in the immediate area, including Milford, Hopedale and Mendon only. A number of resources are offered, in addition to clothing and a thrift store. Receive financial assistance for basic needs, such as utilities, rent, and medications. Holiday assistance (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas programs) are offered as well. The Angel Tree can provide gifts for children as well. Additional sites are at 29 Congress Street, Milford, MA, 01757, Call (508) 473-0786. A second location is in Gardner. The address is 8 Union Square, Gardner, MA, 01440. Call (978) 632-9854.
A thrift store is at 72 Cambridge St., Worcester, MA, 01603. Number is (508) 799-0528
640 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608, phone (508) 756-7191
739 Water St., Fitchburg, MA, 01420, (978) 342-3300
South Worcester - Green Island Neighborhood Center
50 Canton Street
Worcester, MA, 01610
St. James Outreach - Church
89 Main St.
South Grafton, MA, 01560
Dial (508) 839-5354
Resources offered include limited furniture and household goods, adult clothing, items for children and much more.
Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope - Little Store
Location of the store is 27 Chandler Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01609
Phone (508) 831-7455
The Little Store (which is a thrift store) makes available to working poor and low-income residents a number of services. Call the store, and make donations of clothing, furniture and household goods. May even sell some basic appliances.
Veterans Inc. Outreach
69 Grove Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01605
Call (508) 791-3273
The non-profit provides services including support groups a Food Bank, pre-school items, onsite counseling, job training, information on health & wellness programs, and more to military members and veterans.
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