Dress for Success Indianapolis
S.O.S. (Send One Suit) – Week: April 21-25, 2014
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, blouses and make a financial contribution during the annual Send One Suit – Week, April 21 to April 25, 2014. Harrison College is the 2014 Suits for Success sponsor and Title sponsor for this exciting event! For the eighth time, Classic Cleaners is supporting Send One Suit – Week by providing coupons to those who donate during this campaign at any privately-sponsored drive.
Each 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 hosting a private drive with friends or coworkers, 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 via www.indydfs.org. All donations support Dress for Success 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. Individuals or businesses interested in hosting a S.O.S. – Week private drive should click here to sign up!
Donated suits and blouses will stock Dress for Success Indianapolis’s boutique where 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 of the over 1,200 woman served a year is referred to the Suits for Success program by one of nearly 90 partner referral agencies when she is job-ready and has an interview scheduled. At Dress for Success Indianapolis a volunteer Personal Shopper will help each woman pick out an entire interview ensemble, giving interview tips and a priceless confidence boost along the way. Once hired, she is invited back to the boutique to select an outfit appropriate for her new position. Only donations from the community make it possible for 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 organization’s work does not end after the clients have received work apparel. Dress for Success Indianapolis also invites women 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.