A few years ago, when I first became a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), I had the opportunity to volunteer at a non-profit called Dress For Success. My fellow organizers and I spent an afternoon at the Durham, NC location helping to organize the hundreds of suits & professional clothing that had been recently donated to the organization.
Dress for Success is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote 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.”
The organization provides women in need with the professional attire needed for interview situations. But the assistance goes well beyond the suit or dress that is provided. Dress For Success also has a career center that offers women career guidance, the chance to acquire technology skills, and assistance in their job searches. And once a job is found, the organization provides ongoing support fora successful transition into the working world.
Yes, your challenge this week is to head back to the closet, pull out a few suits or professional-looking pants & tops which you rarely wear, and head over to one of the collection locations on your lunch break this week. It is a tax deductible donation, so get this done before the end of the year. And if you cannot decide which outfits with which to part, call a friend (or your favorite professional organizer) to help with the decision. Create space in your closet, and create an opportunity for someone less fortunate than you.
Women helping women. That is the true spirit of the holidays!