Local Organizations Helping People Dress for Success

Donations are already coming into the Valley Rescue Mission for the Suited for Success Drive. These business suits will help the men and women graduating from its programs find new jobs and get back on their feet.

"They come here a lot of times with nothing, sometimes just the clothes on their back and the clothes we provide for them. So this is going to be a big deal so they can have nice clothes to go to interviews with," said Joshua McQuien, the Valley Rescue Mission's Development Director.

The luxury of having a nice suit hanging in the closet is something many of us take for granted. That's why the Columbus-area Workforce Readiness Committee, a society of human resource managers, decided to start collecting suits.

"As HR professionals, we understand how important it is to make a good presentation when you go to an interview or start a new job," said Britt Vinson, Vice-Chair of the Workforce Readiness Committee. "It really honestly does make a difference in your professionalism and the way you come across to people."

They're asking you to open up your closets--and your hearts. All types and sizes of business attire are welcome.

For some, it could mean the difference between unemployment and landing a life-changing job.

When to donate:

Friday, September 28th

  • 7:30-9:00 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where to donate:

       The administrative offices at the Valley Rescue Mission on Second Avenue

What to donate:

  • Interview-ready clothing for men and women
  • Business suits of all sizes
  • Blouses and button-up shirts
  • Ties
  • Handbags and briefcases
  • Accessories: scarves, belts & jewelry
  • Quality footwear in good condition
  • Unopened, unused pantyhose, lingerie and makeup
  • Monetary donations are also welcome

If you would like to volunteer your time or if you have any questions, call (706) 243-9205 or (706) 507-4794.