Dress for Success Indianapolis Encourages Area Organizations to Host Donation Drive
Send One Suit (S.O.S.) Week to take place April 16-21, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS—Dress for Success Indianapolis is asking for the community’s support to increase its level of participation during the annual Send One Suit – Week drive, April 16-21. Last year, 53 business and organization hosted donation drives. This year, Dress for Success Indianapolis hopes to increase that number to 75.
Only donations from the community make it possible for client to say things like, “I was feeling low and unsure of the direction of my life and what I can bring to a company. After coming to Dress for Success Indianapolis to get a suit and accessories for my interview, I am now confident about my professional appearance for the interview and getting the job.”
Dress for Success will use the gently-used suits, blouses and financial contributions collected during Send One Suit – Week to help prepare more than 1,250 Indianapolis-area women with interview-appropriate attire. Clothing items are given to disadvantaged women through the Suits for Success program to help transform the way they look and feel about their upcoming interview. Women who participate in the program are referred to Dress for Success Indianapolis through one of more than 100 partner agencies.
At Dress for Success Indianapolis, a volunteer personal shopper assists each woman with selecting an entire interview ensemble (suit, shoes, jewelry, hosiery, etc.) and provide interview tips to help empower them as they look to start or further their careers. Women can also come back to the Suits for Success program after they are hired for attire they need for work (business casual, scrubs, non-skid shoes and work pants, etc.).
Classic Cleaners is supporting for the tenth year by providing coupons for $10 off a dry cleaning order of $20 or more to those who donate during this campaign at any privately-sponsored drive.
Clothing donations can be made throughout the week at any Classic Cleaners store and financial donations to support the non-profit’s operations can be made at www.indydfs.org. All donations support Dress for Success Indianapolis.
ABOUT DRESS FOR SUCCESS INDIANAPOLIS
Dress for Success Indianapolis is a nonprofit organization whose mission is: “Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Since its inception in 1999, over 13,500 women have received an interview suit and a confidence boost through the Suits for Success program. Each year, Dress for Success Indianapolis partners with over 100 agencies in the community including: WorkOne, The Julian Center, Volunteers of America, IndyPendence Job Corps Center and Ivy Tech. Dress for Success Indianapolis is an affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide, an international nonprofit organization that has served over 750,000 women in more than 130 cities throughout the world. Please visit www.indydfs.org or call 317-940-3737 for more information.
ABOUT CLASSIC CLEANERS
Classic Cleaners, is one of the largest dry cleaning companies in Indiana with three production sites, 20 stores, and ten routes located on the north side including: Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, and Marion counties. The company credits its success to the community and believes in giving back through strategic partnerships with local not-for-profit organizations such as Dress for Success Indianapolis. Classic Cleaners has supported Dress for Success Indianapolis with its retail locations serving as a drop-off site for women’s suits and blouses year round since 2004. For more information and locations visit www.ClassicCleaners.net or call 317-845-5244.
Inspiring women, like the ones we are introducing to you here, are essential to the future of our
community. Every day at Dress for Success Indianapolis, we meet women like the ones featured in this letter. Their backgrounds and experiences are different, but they share a common goal: working hard to change their, and their families’, lives. With your help, Dress for Success Indianapolis will inspire more than 1,400 women in Central Indiana in 2017.
It doesn’t take much. With your support, we can help women in Indiana find meaningful employment and careers, women who face one of the largest gender wage gaps in the country. A donation of $150 will help a woman who has an upcoming interview find the perfect interview outfit, while a donation of $50 will pay for a job preparedness workshop. Your contribution, along with the support of our volunteers and community partners, means the world to these women.
Meet Kitty, Loretta and Renu, who describe the impact of your donation better than we ever could.
Thank you for your support!