In honor of International Women’s Day, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women get the clothing they need to get back into the workforce is asking women to donate an hour of their salary.
The “Your Hour, Her Power” is a national movement by Dress for Success. Donations will go not only to help pair women with appropriate attire for job interviews, but also will support the programming and workshops the organization offers.
Dress for Success’s Buffalo office is located on Hertel Avenue.
Racks of current-style blazers, dresses, and suits make the office feel like a trendy boutique- but everything is free.
The service is referral-based, Dress for Success Buffalo executive director Michelle Barron said.
“We provide them with the initial suiting, and once they secure the job, we provide them with a week’s worth of clothing,” Barron said.
Having a good professional outfit is crucial for succeeding in job interviews, Barron said.
“It’s the most important thing, because it’s a part of the person’s personal brand,” Barron said. “We provide them with suiting, and it gives them the confidence they need to secure the job.”
Clients work one on one with a personal stylist to get the best look for them.
“We really get a feel for what their style is,” Barron said. “Some of them might not have a sense of style, and they’re looking for us to show them what they look good in.”
Dress for Success Buffalo also provides clients with shoes, scarves, accessories- and importantly, winter coats.
All of the items in the boutique are new or gently used, and are current and in style.
“Our personal goal is to make sure that all of our clients look their very best- that every woman who walks through our door secures a job,” Barron said.
The Dress for Success Buffalo office serves clients from 18 to 60 years old.
If you’re interested in donating, they accept new or gently used clothing in sizes from 0 to 30, but the preference is for sizes from ten to 26.
Some items that are always needed are button down shirts and slacks in black, gray, or navy. They ask that gently used items be dry-cleaned, since women sometimes go straight to their job interviews from the boutique.