25 February 2009

It's All in the Clothes

Today's organizations focus on the what clothing can do to change lives. These are organizations whose clothing collections focus on a specific need, whether it's to help secure employment, build confidence,  or make a teen girl's high school dreams come true.

Career Gear- a suit- a second chance. 

Founded in 1998 by Gary Field, the organization has one goal: to help men get jobs and keep jobs.  As the name implies, the organization began with the simple goal of providing appropriate business apparel for men seeking employment. Career Gear has seen grown to include: career counseling, interview coaching, and follow-up job support.

Career Gear, who began in New York City now has affiliates in Boston, Houston, Miami, New Haven, and Washington.

For more information of how you can get involved, please visit Career Gear's website.

Dress for Success- Suits to Self-Sufficiency. 

Corporate Relations Manager, Erin Moran was kind enough to provide us with the following information:

"Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 90 cities in the U.S., Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland and the UK. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 500,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. The professional retention programs and ongoing support symbolize Dress for Success's belief in every woman's ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career."

For more information please visit the Dress for Success website.

Becca's Closet - The organization was created as a legacy to Rebecca Kirtman and the project she started. Becca's Closet provides formal attire to high schools girls who otherwise would not be able to attend their prom/homecoming. Their mission is to continue Rebecca's dream of helping others. In addition, the organization also awards scholarships to deserving high school students to advance their education.

Becca's Closet now has 82 chapters in 32 states. For more information on how you can donate a dress, start a chapter, or to learn more please visit their website.

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