Have you ever heard of an organization called Suited for Change in Washington DC?
Well last month I had the pleasure of volunteering with the ladies at this organization. It’s fabulous!
Founded in 1992, they provide professional clothing and job-readiness training to low-income women. Suited for Change sees about 100 clients a month; their clients are shelter residents, former addicts, domestic violence survivors, teen mothers and the like. Not only do they offer workshops and training, but they also outfit the women with two suits, shoes, a handbag and accessories for their job interviews. Once they land a job, they can come back for three additional suits in order to have clothes for the entire week, all for free!
Ok, so what exactly did I do?
Glad you asked. On the second Tuesday of every month, Suited for Change opens its doors to the public to shop in their private boutique, one of the best kept secrets in town. It’s a wonderful consignment HAVEN! I had the opportunity to act as a sales associate and provide customer service to many of the boutique visitors. I greeted customers, worked the fitting rooms and helped put clothes away. It was great. And all of the proceeds collected each month from these sales allow the organization to stay in business. May I add that I also supported by making two awesome purchases, (couldn’t help it). :p
Do you think you’d be interested in supporting an organization like this? Here are three things you can do:
Donate your Time: Consider volunteering by:
- Working the private boutique on the 2nd Tues of every month anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Facilitating a Wednesday workshop at 6 p.m. on job readiness or,
- Promoting the organization via social media or event planning
Donate your Resources:
- Drop off new or gently used work attire on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – noon
Donate your Treasure:
- What organization couldn’t use a little more $$, right?
At any rate I had a great time, met new friends and will definitely be going back. For more information contact: Cynthia Moses, firstname.lastname@example.org ,visit the website at: http://www.suitedforchange.org/ or follow on TW: @SuitedForChange