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Free school supplies, clothes, and furniture in Worcester County Massachusetts.

Clothing closets, charities, and furniture banks in the Worcester County region can help children, low income families, Veterans and the working poor get free stuff and other goods. Resources include free clothes, work items, Christmas assistance, back to school supplies, birthday toys and winter coats among other stuff. Thrift stores or furniture banks may even have some household items as well, and this can include appliances, gently used furniture, beds, and similar items.

Many families in central and western Massachusetts need assistance, and 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, uniforms or clothing to students during the fall. Many other charities may also provide free winter coats for children.

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.

Apply for and find free stuff in Worcester

Adventist Community Service Center
Address: 129 Bolton Rd, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523. 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 or (508) 798-0191
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. But a thrift store may have low cost of free household furniture or pass out winter clothes, boots, work attire and more.

Centro Las Americas
Primary address: 11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA, 01608. Call (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 Clothing Closet and Food Cupboard
Location is 23 West Street, Leominster, Massachusetts, 01453. Number is (978) 537-2685

Friendly House, Inc.
36 Wall Street, Worcester, MA, 01604. Call (508) 755-4362
Services are offered for immigrants and others in the Worcester community. Apply for clothing, transportation assistance, and other forms of aid.

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. More information on the Worcester County community action agency.

  • One Center is at 356B Broad St # 4, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Phone: (978) 343-6259
  • Address is 601 River Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Call 978-345-7040. Telephone -  (978) 342-8617

Gardner Community Action Committee (CAC)
Primary location is 294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA, 01440. Phone (888) 993-3322 or (978) 632-8700
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. Students may be given free school items too, as well as computers for adults for work.

Salvation Army of Worcester County area
The faith based charity is only for people in the immediate area, including Milford, Hopedale, Worcester, Gardner and Mendon only. A number of resources are offered, in addition to free clothing, birthday or Christmas gifts and a thrift store. Students from K-12 can get free backpacks full of school supplies, including notebooks, hygiene items, uniforms, pens and more. 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. They also of course give students from disadvantaged families free school supplies and other items.

  • 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, Massachusetts, 01603. Number is (508) 799-0528
  • 640 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608, phone (508) 756-7191
  • 739 Water St., Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 01420. Phone (978) 342-3300

 

 

 

 

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. There is free emergency stuff for the low income and single moms in Worcester.

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester in partnership with Fallon Health
Location is 65 Boys & Girls Club Way, Worcester, MA 01610. Call (508) 754-2686
A small clothing closet and food bank are on site. Get free personal or household stuff, groceries and basic clothes. There may be sneakers, underwear, socks, and other needed items. After school and other assistance for students may be arranged too.

The Good Samaritan
The charity is at 39 Piedmont St, Worcester, MA 01610. Call (774) 253-1619.
A free, small sized clothing bank is on site.

Dress for Success
Address is 120 Stafford Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01603. Dial 508.796.5660
They only help women, including single mothers in Worcester County, get supplies they need for a job. Or an interview. There are free clothes, dresses, pants, high heels, purses, laptop cases and more. The non-profit also provides counseling and other employment resources.

Free Furniture Bank in Worcester County
The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance runs it. There may be items for low income families, seniors, single moms, and others when moving into a new home or apartment. The address is 6 Institute Road, Worcester, Ma 01609, or dial (508) 752-5519. Items or free stuff from the charity include beds, kitchen tables, pots, pans, lamps, coffee tables, and much more. There may be free small appliances for the kitchen, computers or laptops (as well as desks) for remote work and other goods.

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 free stuff for low income families.

Saint Paul's Cathedral - Outreach
Location is 19 Chatham Street
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01609
Main number is (508) 799-4193

 

 

 

 

South Worcester - Green Island Neighborhood Center
50 Canton Street
Worcester, MA, 01610
(508) 753-8900

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.

Lighthouse on the Rock
500 Main Street, Athol, MA, 01331. Dial (978) 249-4024 for intake.
The charity has many programs. They include free clothes (belts, boots, pants, work supplies, etc.) as well as food. Students (regardless of age) can get free books, uniforms or school supplies, games, and more.

 

By Jon McNamara

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