'Be Bold, Take Charge' hosts clothing drive

READING, Pa. — “Be Bold, Take Charge,” a multi-sector community health initiative between Penn State Berks and Penn State Health St. Joseph, is hosting a professional clothing drive in partnership with Goodwill Industries and Berks Connections Pretrial Services (BCPS) through April 9. Donation bins will be located on Penn State Berks campus in the Perkins Student Center and Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building.

Clothing can also be donated at Penn State Health St. Joseph Main Campus at 2500 Bernville Road in Reading.

As part of its economic development strategy, "Be Bold, Take Charge" is supporting the work of BCPS in serving individuals transitioning from the judicial system back into the local community. This partnership will provide valuable donations to Goodwill stores, and in exchange Goodwill will provide gift cards which job-seeking individuals served by BCPS can use to purchase work attire.

Though all donations are welcome, the drive’s focus is interview-appropriate attire, including dress shirts, polos, khakis, skirts and blazers.

Individuals who are interested in making monetary donations can visit http://www.berksconnections.org/bbtcgoodwilldrive. Donations will help provide transportation assistance.

Additional clothing-drive donation-bin locations include Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery, the Reading Eagle Company, Weidenhammer, Savory Café at the Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex, or any local Goodwill store, with clear reference given to support the "Be Bold, Take Charge Professional Clothing Drive."

For more information about the Ready for Work Clothing Drive, contact [email protected] or call (610) 396-6446.