Giving Back

Today, I wanted to share a little bit about an organization that's close to my heart, and I thought that my readers would be interested in hearing about it, since it's fashion-focused. During one of my final semesters at Arizona State, one of my communications classes had a capstone project of sorts, that entailed picking any topic that related to interpersonal communication, finding a charity or non profit organization, and volunteering while researching said topic, while building a research paper. I've always been  a strong believer in giving back to the community around me, and I decided that I wanted to give my time to an organization called Dress for Success. My paper's hypothesis was that women felt more confident when they were dressed well for a job interview, and that's exactly Dress for Success's focus. 

Dress for Success is an organization that was founded to help women in need find and keep jobs, and the primary focus is dressing them for interviews. A woman that has an interview can come in to the "boutique" and have a personal shopper help them find a perfect suit outfit for an interview, and when they get a job, they can come back to the boutique and pick up a couple more suits to round out their wardrobe. Additionally, the DFS chapter I worked at had makeup and accessories, and a makeup artist volunteered his time weekly to give the clients mini makeovers! 


I can't even begin to tell you how working with these women lifted my spirits, and made me realize that looking good truly can make a difference in your confidence levels. I realize that giving a woman a suit to wear isn't solving cancer or saving the world, but to those women, it brightened their day. Countless times, I saw women come in looking defeated, and left with a smile on their face and a spring in their step, prepared to face the world. My "hypothesis" was proved with nearly every woman that came through the door of the Dress for Success chapter I worked for. 

Additionally, Dress for Success provides career counseling and interview prep through their Professional Women's Group, which covers topics from workplace culture to assisting women establish solid personal finance habits. 


If you have a few gently worn suits hanging in the back of your closet that you don't wear, or even gently worn business casual separates, check out this list for a location near you- DFS has affiliate locations worldwide. Additionally, they are often in need of professional accessories- briefcases, shoes, scarves, and handbags. If you'd like to be a little more hands on (which, if you can make the time for, is truly such a wonderful organization to help with), try to contact the head of your local chapter. If you'd like to give a monetary donation, you can do so online here. To learn more about the organization, check out their website!
{all photos via DFS website} 

What are some of your favorite charity organizations? 

6 comments:

  1. I think Dress for Success is such a worthy organization! I love the work that they do.
    xo Josie

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  2. After a horrible attack on my local Planned Parenthood clinic (preventative care clinic ONLY) just ten minutes down the road (someone threw a molotov cocktail through the front door), I have decided to volunteer there. I was absolutely outraged at this example of domestic terrorism in my own backyard. Luckily, no one was harmed.

    I don't care what your views are on reproductive rights. Such behavior is reprehensible. I hope these people are found, given a fair and speedy trial, and thrown in prison.

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  3. Dress for Success is a great organization! I, also, like Go Red for Women and the World Wildlife Fund.

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  4. Great post! I've always thought something like this would be great for underprivileged women, I'm glad to see there's a organization that does such. It's very inspiring to hear, as you said it's not curing cancer or solving world hunger, but it's something simple and positive which can make all the difference. Thanks for sharing!

    I came across your blog via IFB's Links a la Mode, congrats on being featured!

    xx Ashlei

    http://kinksarethenewpink.blogspot.com/

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  5. Your post isn't funny, but what is funny is that I actually have been in the works of putting a post together for my blog about an organization that will be receiving donations from my company/me. So when that happens, please don't think I'm copying you. haha. Free Arts of Arizona, btw. Good Stuff.

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