Working Gear provides work related clothing and footwear free of charge to individuals re-entering the workforce. Many of these low income men (and some women) have been unemployed for long periods and lack the finances to afford the clothing needed to find a job.
What We Offer
We provide good quality used or new clothing, including suits, business casual attire as well as construction appropriate clothing and steel toed work boots. Our clients are currently un or under-employed, ready to work, and get referred to us through community agencies that assist the unemployed. We do not provide our services to our clients without a referral from a community agency.
How It Works
Referred individuals are booked into an appointment system for a specific time and attend our facility. Volunteers work with them to understand their needs and help find suitable clothing and footwear which are theirs to keep. We depend almost entirely upon volunteers and private donations of money and good quality used or new clothing, gear and footwear to continue our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
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+What does Working Gear do?
We assist low-income unemployed men (and some women) in their return to the workplace by providing work appropriate clothing and gear at no cost. These individuals are seeking jobs in a wide range of industries and we provide them with everything from boots to suits. We provide either business casual work wear such as jackets or suits for job interview purposes or construction gear for work in the trades.
+Can I get both construction gear and an interview suit?
Yes. We are happy to provide either formal wear, business casual wear or construction gear. It depends on what you need to get back to work.
+Who does Working Gear assist?
Working Gear helps unemployed individuals in the Lower Mainland who are in need of our services and support.
+How can I access this service?
We need to know that you are unemployed and making a serious effort to return to work. We request that all of our customers get a referral from a referring agency. See our about page for a list of the agencies we work with.
+Does it cost a lot to keep Working Gear in operation?
Working Gear has very low overhead costs and has operates on a modest budget. Financial donations go directly into programs and services.
+Can I use the services of Working Gear more than once?
Most clients use our services once to enable them to secure a job. We do allow clients to use our services again with a referral from the same booking agency if this helps them secure a job. We do not allow repeat visits after the first booking without an appointment.
+Can I use Working Gear if I am a woman?
If you are a woman, we invite you to use a service called Dress for Success that provides a similar service for women. Please contact them via telephone at (604) 408 – 7923 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Women can attend Working Gear for steel-toe boots and safety gear through one of our booking agencies, as this gear is not normally available through Dress for Success.
+Can I use the services of Working Gear if I am employed?
No. If you are employed, we ask you to use alternative services. If you are unsure of your employment status, please ask.
+How can I contact somebody at Working Gear?
+Where is Working Gear located and when is it open?
Working Gear is located at: 520 Powell Street, Vancouver, B.C.
We are open Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon; Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. We accept donations at these times.
+Can I just show up and pick up some free work clothes?
No. You need to make an appointment. Call one of our booking agencies and ask for a referral to Working Gear. There is no cost, but you must make an appointment.
+What kind of help can I provide to Working Gear?
Working Gear is always looking for volunteers and for donations of good quality used suits, jackets and business casual wear and construction gear. We could also use any financial donations that you would like to make.
+I have some clothes I would like to donate to Working Gear. How can I do this?
We are happy to accept donations of business casual clothing and construction clothing. Please ensure the clothing is in good repair and clean. We ask you to drop the clothing off at our office at 520 Powell Street, Vancouver, B.C. We accept donations Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon; (and) Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
+What if my agency isn’t listed in Working Gear's list of booking agencies?
Have your counselor contact Sarah at email@example.com to arrange an appointment.