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Clean Out Your Closet; Support a Woman in Her Job Search

Dress for Success needs your gently-worn professional wear and your volunteer time to support their mission: to empower women to achieve economic independence.


How would you feel if you had an interview for your first job -- or your first in awhile -- but you had nothing to wear. Probably excited and panicked at the same time!

Helping that woman nail her interview and get the job is the reason why, in 1997, a group of women formed an organization called Dress for Success . It's an international organization that works to empower women by giving them support as they try to achieve economic independence through work. Come inside and see the Pittsburgh Dress for Success branch at work:

Dress for Success constantly needs donations of gently-worn or even new professional clothing, so clean out your closet clutter and help another woman by clicking here . Some of the women who come to Dress for Success also need basics like shampoo, body wash and deodorant to feel their most confident. It runs out fast. So DFS recently set up an Amazon Wish List ( click here ) to make it easy for you to buy and direct those items to the branch near you.

There are four branches in the Pittsburgh region, serving women in five counties:

  • Pittsburgh (Bloomfield), click here to sign up for their April 17 volunteer information session
  • Butler , click here to attend their April 11 open house
  • Washington , click here for their open house April 11
  • Uniontown, click here for their open house April 15

Dress for Success Pittsburgh has an ambitious goal for 2019. They want to purchase a mobile suiting van to more easily take clothing to community centers and college campuses. This would allow them to "have a fully stocked boutique where people can shop around," with out the barrier of having to get transportation to a boutique explained Calynn Abdulla from DFW Pittsburgh. Calynn just wrote an article for Sparkt (click here ) on how to host empowerment celebrations to raise funds for the mobile boutique

"That's one less thing that they have to worry about, especially when they're already nervous about an interview." Calynn Abdulla, on plans for a Dress for Success mobile suiting van

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