WebScout® Cares, founded in December 2012 by WebScout® CEO Laura Greeno, is a program that devotes online marketing time, resources, and talents to local non-profit organizations that help women overcome difficulties of exploitation, violence, and poverty. Last week we covered Circle de Luz, a non-profit that supports young Latina women through an educational mentoring program. This week, we will explore an organization that has a knack for high-quality, hand me down fashions for women who are scheduled for job interviews, but may not have the means to obtain that professional image necessary to help them actually secure the position…and dress for their first week at work.
In order for women to have the confidence to take on the world, they have to dress for success. Dress For Success Charlotte (DFS Charlotte) accepts women’s hand me down dress clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories which are then donated to the women who are working hard to become financially independent. I will tell you, these items are not just thrown into a pile and “donated” – these women are treated to a very special boutique experience, including a professional fitting and style session. Many times they are also given a mini-makeover to help them present their best selves during their upcoming interview(s). Resume help and professional career coaching are also available – for free!
For Greeno, the memory of one mauve colored suit and a pair of $30 flats inspired her to donate to Dress for Success.
When she was 19, Greeno fled a situation of exploitation and abuse, and ended up in San Jose, CA. Without transportation, food, or a job — let alone proper interviewing attire — she spent her last $30 on a pair of flats to wear as she scoped out the downtown area for potential jobs, walking into businesses and simply asking around until she found someone willing to give her a chance. She talked her way into a front desk job at the Holiday Inn Park Center Plaza, and wore those same shoes with a polyester mauve suit every day to work for the next year.
“I wore those shoes until they had holes in the bottom,” she said.
Now that Greeno owns her own company and dons business attire every morning, she donates money and time to this organization. As an ambassador to the organization, she collects donations and raises awareness about the Dress for Success cause.
“My absolute favorite thing was a ‘what not to wear’ type speech that I gave to the female students at Garinger [High School], teaching them how to dress for interviews,” Greeno said.
WebScout® Cares supports Dress For Success in Charlotte, NC because we understand that a professional wardrobe often comes at too high a price. By donating hand me downs to this organization, you may be giving another woman the opportunity to land the job interview she needs to support herself. Greeno understands what it’s like to be without the clothes to look the part, and she donates time as an ambassador so that she can spread the word about Dress For Success.
If you have barely-used business clothing sitting in your closet, donate it to Dress for Success. You could be helping a woman to be financially independent, potentially helping her take care of an entire family, and likely teaching her children to do the same.