After last year’s success collecting more than 200 suits, Lone Star College-CyFair is holding another campus and community-wide Suit Drive March 7 through March 11 benefiting Dress For Success® Houston (DFSH.)
This year’s campaign is titled S.O.S. Week – Send One Suit week as the college’s Counseling, Career and Disability Services Department teams up again with this non-profit organization, which provides interview-appropriate suits and career development to aid low-income women entering the workforce.
“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 at the front desk of Counseling, Career and Disability Services Department in LRNC 110 ½ (in the library).
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 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 Susan Siceluff at 281.290.3260.