Project #7: Dress Down for Dress for Success
Dress for Success (DFS) is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide disadvantaged women re-entering the workforce with interview and office appropriate clothing. A DFS client receives at least one interview appropriate business suit allowing her to participate in her job search feeling confident and reassured. Dress for Success Wichita (DFSW), an affiliate of the national DFS organization, goes above and beyond just providing a suit for its clientele. DFSW’s primary goal is to make every woman feel special. Personal Shoppers, trained to assure that every woman who visits Dress for Success Wichita has a positive experience, assist customers in not only picking out a suit but also several additional pieces of interview appropriate clothing. Clients are also set up with accessories like shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry and even makeup. Additionally, DFSW provides organized support groups that feature speakers who assist women with the everyday demands of managing a new job and family life.
On February 23, 2011, KMAZ sponsored a Dress Down for Dress for Success Day. KMAZ employees paid $5 to wear jeans to work and all proceeds were donated to DFSW.