More than 18,000 people have benefited from the services of Clothes That Work, the wonderful grassroots organization that since 1998 has been outfitting men and women who are seeking jobs. In addition to providing professional clothing that will help candidates look and feel their best when applying for jobs, the non-profit offers image counseling and training.
Clothes That Work partners with local organizations that refer clients in need of clothing appropriate for job interviews to help those clients in the transition to self-sufficiency.
The group is in the news this week because it’s time for the hilarious “Hunks in Heels” annual fundraiser that was started by the group’s former director Marsha Froelich, who loved pretty shoes. Nearly 100 men will race around The Greene Town Center in high heels on Saturday, May 11.
The organization is in need of donations year-round to stock both the client areas and The Boutique, a resale shop that’s open to the public. Items which have been donated but aren’t needed or appropriate for clients are sold in the shop with monies raised used to buy needed items.
Items should be gently used or new, clean and when possible, on hangers.
• Slacks and suits in sizes 0, 2, 4, 6, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and up
• Misses business appropriate blouses, all sizes
• Dress shoes in sizes 9 to 11
• Handbags, Portfolios, wallets
• Personal care items for women
• Dress and casual slacks in waist sizes 29, 30, 38 and up
• Dress shirts in sizes XL, XXL, XXXL
• Suits and sports coats in sizes 48 and up
• New or lightly worn dress socks
• Dress shoes and steel toe boots in sizes 10 to 13
• Personal care items for men
Items can be dropped off at the Job Center, 1133 S. Edwin C. Moses, Suite 392, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon (with the exception of this Saturday, May 11.)
Another drop-off point is the barrel at Oakwood Florist, 2313 Far Hills Ave. Items can be donated from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
If you have questions or want to contact Clothes That Work, you can call Melanie Tullis, director of operations and volunteers, at (937) 222-3778. Tullis says volunteers are always needed in a variety of capacities including client services, working in the boutique and in the donation room.
To vote for any of the gentlemen participating in the online Best Legs Contest, visit www.clothesthatwork.org/events-2/hunks-in-heels.html. Vote donations are $5 each. Men who would like to join the race can also register on that web site.
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