Dress for Success launched a highly-successful, week-long drive in which the employees, family, and friends of several major companies were encouraged to donate business suits and accessories for low-income women seeking jobs.
The non-profit Dress for Success gives qualifying women one suit when they have a job interview and a second suit when they get a job. Professional services company Arthur Anderson sponsored clothing drives at 36 of its North American offices. The company collected more than 4,000 suits as well as accessories including blouses, shoes, purses, jewelry, scarves were also donated.
“We were so delighted to see the way our people embraced this cause,” said Arthur Anderson partner Maria L. Martins. “When we give a suit to a woman in need, it’s so much more than clothing; it’s the ability to interview confidently, with dignity and increased self-esteem.”
Other “Clean Your Closet” Week sponsors included Woolite, Avon, and Kellogg’s Smart Start cereal.