This week I had the opportunity to visit a great organization, Dress for Success. 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.” For over 10 years this organization has been supporting women across the country (and internationally).
Dress for Success seeks donations of good quality suits and other professional accessories to help stock their boutique, because all suits are given to their clients for free. The Boston affiliate has a schedule of clothing donation days.* This week I finally admitted that I wasn’t going to fit into those few suits left in my closet, and dropped them off. What a wonderful experience!
As I entered the office, I was greeted, my donations were reviewed and hung on racks outside the door. I was then invited to look at the “boutique” and learn more about the program. The next room was set up as a boutique store, with racks of suits neatly lining the walls. There was also a rack of handbags, and a center table with jewelry artfully displayed. The last room included dressing rooms a wall of shelves filled with shoes. There was even a section where Dress for Success clients could obtain attire for a second interview.
I was impressed at how polished and beautiful everything looked..it made me want to go shopping! Clients are treated to a dignified and professional experience. With locations across the country, this Spring, why not de-clutter and donate to Dress for Success?
*Note to readers in the Boston area, I was pleasantly surprised to easily find parking outside the office on Commonwealth Ave! The next donation day in Boston is Tuesday, May 4th. If you are a client of That’s Neat! Organizing and would like to donate a suit but can’t get to Dress for Success, email firstname.lastname@example.org and I may be able to drop off your donation.