Volunteers are literally the only way it has been possible for Dress for Success Indianapolis to serve over 10,000 low-income women in the Indianapolis area who are returning to the workforce. Founded as an entirely volunteer led and run organization, volunteers are still at the heart of everything we do. With a staff of only six full-time employees, an active volunteer base of nearly 400 volunteers allows us to assist over 1,500 women a year as they consistently provide over 5,500 hours of service each year.


From governance to programs to events to operations, volunteers are involved in every aspect of our organization. Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer members, and all six Board committees are comprised entirely of volunteers. Volunteers also provide the majority of direct client services. Volunteers act as Personal Shoppers to outfit women in our suiting program, speak on workplace and life topics to our Professional Women’s Group, participate on program-specific committees, facilitate our pre-employment program topics and work one on one with our women to prepare for new employment by practicing interviewing, developing resumes and providing career advice. Each year Dress for Success Indianapolis hosts one major fundraiser, Stepping Out In Style. This 1,000-person event is largely planned and executed by a volunteer committee with the help of over 95 ad-hoc volunteers. The event raises more than 30% of the operating budget of our organization. Smaller events throughout the year also extensively use volunteers. Send One Suit – Week is an annual event where at the end of a city-wide, week-long drive, nearly 30 volunteers assist us in sorting and assimilating over 17,000 units of clothing (over 40% of our yearly inventory) into our boutique in only 6 hours. Volunteers are also integral to our daily operations. Volunteers keep our boutique stocked and tidy, staff clothing collections, and provide a vast amount of administrative support every year. Without the support of our volunteers and our staff’s ability to utilize each person’s strengths and talents, we simply could not provide the empowering and holistic services that help women change their lives.

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