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Dress for Success of Southwest Florida

County: Collier, Lee
Categories Computer/Technology
Marketing/PR/Event Planning
Social Services
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The mission of Dress for Success 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. Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work. On her initial visit a woman receives a suit appropriate for the industry in which she is interviewing and, if available, accessories. After a woman finds a job she returns to Dress for Success for additional clothing that can be mixed and matched to make several outfits, providing her with the foundation for a professional wardrobe. While we may be best known for providing suits to women, it is our employment retention programs that are the cornerstone of the organization. Soon after Dress for Success was founded we came to recognize that finding work is only one step in a woman''s journey towards economic independence; remaining employed and building a rewarding career are essential if a woman is to become self-sufficient.

Job Description:

Personal Shopper- Volunteers may work one-on-one with Dress for Success SW Florida clients to help select their interview suit. Suitings take place in the office Monday thru Saturday. Personal shopping is a wonderful way to boost women's confidence and make a direct impact on our clients lives. Public Speaking & Tabling Events Volunteers have the opportunity to represent Dress for Success SW Florida at events including conferences, speaking engagements at corporations and referral agencies and tabling events for America's Charities. Administrative Work & Receptionist We always need of volunteers to come into the office and lend a helping hand on the administrative side. Tasks include receptionist work, data entry and photocopying, among others. Shop Maintenance Dress for Success SW Florida is constantly sorting through clothing donations, changing inventory in the shop and organizing the clothes. Volunteers can join us in the shop for a day to sort, steam, organize and just make sure the place looks orderly. Career Center Volunteer Volunteers help our clients with their job search process; review and edit resumes, help write cover letters and give interview tips to women in need. They also meet with clients to perform mock interviews and informational interviews in order to give them a chance to practice and improve their communication skills. Career Center volunteers meet with Dress for Success clients in the office at various times during the week and on Saturdays. Special Events & Fundraising Volunteers are invited to help with many special events throughout the year. These opportunities include serving on committees for one of our fundraisers, helping with set-up and logistics and all around event planning. Individuals are also invited to host their own fundraisers. Dress for Success SW Florida is always in need of funding and encourages such efforts on all levels. Group Sorting Day-  A group of volunteers has the opportunity to participate in an afternoon of sorting business suits and separates at the Dress for Success SW Florida boutique. Sorting is a fun way to mix with co-workers and is essential to keeping our boutique ready for our suiting program.

Times of Work: Weekdays daytime
Primary Contact: Mrs. Terrie Scheall
12995 South Cleveland Ave. Ste. 153
Fort Myers, FL 33903
Phone: 239-689-4992
Email: swflorida@dressforsuccess.org
Website: http://www.dressforsuccess.org
Secondary Contact: Liz Loredo
Phone: 239-590-1415
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Benefits Offered:

Great way to gain service hours and truly learn from the experience. This is a new affiliate, and volunteers will have the chance to make an impact on the organization. Dress for Success welcomes all students, but the following majors could gain practical career knowledge and networking connections: Business Management CounselingResort and Hospitality Management (Event Planning)Human Resources Marketing Public Relations Social Work Additionally, Students will interface with community professionals in the following industries:Banking/ Investment FashionHospitality/ Tourism Law Non- Profit Retail

Additional Information:

This is an exciting volunteer opportunity for energetic people that like to have fun, learn, and give back. There is a chance for volunteers to interface with clients, and see the difference that they are making. Volunteer supervisors are flexible, and interested in the needs of the volunteer. If you have a great idea about a service you can provide...let us know!

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