Dress for Success Indianapolis is calling on women in the community to pass on their success by donating gently-used suits. The organization is sending out an S.O.S. to central Indiana residents to donate suits and blouses and make a financial contribution during the annual Send One Suit – Week, April 15 to April 19, 2013. For the seventh time, Classic Cleaners is supporting Send One Suit – Week by providing coupons to those who donate during this campaign.

SOS Week logoEach year Dress for Success Indianapolis issues an S.O.S. to all Indianapolis residents: Donate one new or nearly new business suit and blouse and give a financial donation to help a local woman enter the workforce.

The public can help by either donating gently used women’s suits and blouses at any Classic Cleaners store throughout the week or by making a financial donation to support the non-profit’s operations. All donations support the Dress for Success affiliate in Indianapolis. Classic Cleaners has a special offer for anyone who gives a suit, blouse, or financial donation at a registered private drive during S.O.S – Week. Every S.O.S. – Week donor will receive a coupon for $10 off a dry cleaning order of $20 or more. Businesses interested in hosting a S.O.S. – Week private drive should go here to sign up to host a drive.

Donated suits and blouses will be sent to Dress for Success Indianapolis boutique to be stocked in the organization’s boutique. Then they will be given to disadvantaged women through the Suits for Success program to help transform the way they look and feel about their upcoming interview. Each woman is referred to the Suits for Success program by one of over 90 Dress for Success Indianapolis’s partner referral agencies when she is job-ready and has an interview scheduled. Once hired, she is invited back to the boutique to select an outfit appropriate for her new position. With your donations, you make it possible for more clients to say things like, “I felt like the suit I chose was once worn by a very successful woman who had just passed on a bit of her success to me.”

The journey towards self-sufficiency does not end after the clients have received work apparel. Dress for Success Indianapolis also invites its clients to join the Professional Women’s Group, which meets monthly to provide post-employment support to women on their journey to self-sufficiency. The organization also provides every client with individualized career support through its Career Development Center.