Local business partners with ‘Dress for Success’ to aid women
By Joan Hunt - ReminderNews Managing Editor
Region - posted Thu., Feb. 21, 2013
This information comes from one of the district sales leaders for Dressbarn stores in our readership area, and it offers an opportunity for all of us to lend a hand to women who are trying to get back into the workforce. For the 11th year in a row, Dressbarn stores will collect new or gently-used clothing donations in all of their locations to be distributed to women who need them.
The S.O.S. (which stands for “Send One Suit”) Donation Drive weekend is March 7-10. In addition to suits, dress shirts, blazers, pants, dresses and shoes that are suitable for wearing to work will be collected locally and sent to the international non-profit organization Dress for Success. The clothing will then be distributed nationwide to women who are looking to gain a job or trying to re-enter the workforce.
According to the note sent to us by Dressbarn District Sales Leader Crystal Kandravi, “Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”
“By working together, we can help disadvantaged women across the country take their next step toward financial freedom,” said CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide Joi Gordon. “A woman’s professional wardrobe, or lack thereof, should not deter her from entering the workforce,” she said. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 650,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. “We are enormous advocates of women helping women...” said Gordon.
This is an easy way to reach out to our sisters everywhere as they take charge of their future. Take a good look through your closet and get a few things together to drop off at your local Dressbarn March 7-10.
Dressbarn stores will offer donors an additional 15 percent total purchase savings to thank them for their generosity. “We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderfully philanthropic program,” said Dressbarn AVP of marketing, Veronica Valladares. “We are not only giving these women clothing donations, we are helping them gain economic stability, a positive outlook and a new and improved sense of self.”
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