Soon after the start of the Fall semester the Social Committee of the IPFW Nursing Department brought a new idea to the faculty. The Woman’s Bureau of Fort Wayne has sponsored a national Dress for Success program since May, 2013. This program is on a mission to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. It educates or trains women for the job market. It assists the women in writing resumes and letters of intent and introduces them to the process of job interviews. “I don’t have any proper clothes for a job interview” was the most common problem that women in the program voiced. Part of this highly effective program is the Dress for Success store. The Social Committee asked that the faculty and staff to donate gently used professional clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry to the program. It was the perfect time; summer clothes were being exchanged for fall clothes in the closets. The adage, “if it hasn’t been worn in a year, give it away,” was used to motivate people to give. Giving to others can be a boost in morale.
The Committee collected clothing on hangers and it was graciously accepted by the Woman’s Bureau at 2417 Fairfield Avenue; within a week, the Nursing Department received a letter of recognition and thanks. Giving to others provides a feeling of self-satisfaction and pride. When cleaning out your closets or tossing old clothes, remember the women in need of “professional clothing”. These women could be graduates of IPFW who just need a step up to present themselves in the best manner. Women who look professional concurrently think professionally and their confidence is boosted.
Dress for Success
2417 Fairfield Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN