Clean out closets for Suit Drive March 22 - March 26

Published on: March 04, 2010

Lone Star College-CyFair is holding a campus and community-wide Suit Drive March 22 through March 26 benefiting a new community partner, Dress For Success® Houston (DFSH.)

The college’s Counseling, Career and Disability Services Department recently teamed up with this non-profit organization which provides interview-appropriate suits and career development to disadvantaged women seeking employment.

“Dress For Success® Houston understands that if a woman doesn’t have a job, she can’t afford a suit.  But, without a suit, she can’t get a job,” said Julie Wilson, career counselor. “By donating interview-appropriate suits to our Suit Drive, you will be helping someone less fortunate get on the road to success, including some of our students.”   

Interview-appropriate women’s suits (skirt or pant), blouses, gently-used handbags, gently-used shoes, scarves and new pantyhose will be accepted as well as check donations made payable to Dress For Success® Houston. Clothing donations should be dry-cleaned and on hangers. Monetary donations are welcome as only 15% of annual donations are in sizes 14 to 34, which is the size range of 60% of DSFH’s clients. A $75 donation fully funds one suit.

Sign-in forms will be available for donations, all of which are tax-deductible. Suits and check donations should be dropped off in the library at the front desk of Counseling, Career and Disability Services Department.

While the Suit Drive is just one week, the college’s career counseling services are available year-round, Wilson said. LSC-CyFair offers face-to-face career counseling appointments, hosts monthly campus and annual community job fairs and provides other employment services and resources.

“From exploring, planning or changing a career path to writing resumes and practicing for interviews, our career services are free to students and the community,” said Wilson. “Through our new DFSH partnership, we now have a referral program to further assist job seekers on campus and in the community.”

For information on Dress For Success® Houston go to www.dressforsuccess.org/houston. For information on LSC-CyFair’s referral program or career counseling, contact Wilson at 281.290.3260.