Working Gear, Dressed for Success and The Cinderella Project (Vancouver)

Tris + Sheila's weddingI am very lucky in that I have always had the means to afford myself with clean, dress clothes (the photo here is me with a suit, courtesy of Stacie Bee). Not every male is this fortunate, and as I see unemployment rise, I have been even more concerned with finding ways to support non-profits that help people who are unemployed. I am doing my spring/summer cleaning and I am getting rid of many of my dress clothes. As a result, I was looking for a non-profit charitable cause to donate my clothes to and heard about Working Gear.

Working Gear Clothing Society is a group of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of others in our community. Many work-ready men have difficulty in accessing paid employment because they lack appropriate attire. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate this barrier. We provide low income men with industry appropriate clothing at no cost, which greatly assists them in returning to full time employment. Working closely with employment service providers ensures recipients are work ready and have the support available to keep a job. Working Gear is entirely volunteer managed and run. We rely on committed volunteers to ensure that we keep our doors open. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.

I will be donating many of my clothes to Working Gear. But as I know that not only men but also women read my blog, I figured I would find out about the female equivalent. Two organizations come to mind: Dressed for Success and The Cinderella Project (thanks everyone who chimed in).

The Cinderella Project affords graduating girls to wear a lovely dress for their graduation/prom.

The Cinderella Project was started to help encourage youth to stay in school and achieve the milestone of high school graduation, giving young people the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.

Dressed for Success is a non-profit that affords disadvantaged women to wear suits appropriate for job interviews. But they do more than that, they also help with job retention and job seeking.

The mission of Dress for Success is 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. Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.

Here’s how to help/donate to

- Working Gear
- Dressed for Success
- The Cinderella Project

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Comments (3)

raincoasterJune 3rd, 2012 at 12:38 am

Working Gear is fantastic. I used to collaborate with them when I had my classes at Tradeworks, because they were the ones with the keys to the building. They really change lives.
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Lori-Vancouver AirbnbJune 4th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Perfect timing…I have some dress clothes to donate.

NatalieJune 7th, 2012 at 11:34 am

As far as I can recall, The Cinderella Project is for both males and females – though males get a donated tuxedo rental from a local mens shop. I love this organization! I referred a student a few years ago and she was treated like a princess!
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