Whether it is attending a job interview, reentering the workforce, starting a new job, or simply maintaining an existing work wardrobe, those who are in need of workplace suitable clothing, but who may face financial challenges, now have direct access to professional attire because of the generosity of local area businesses, law offices and county government.
At the Nov. 29 weekly meeting, Neumann University‘s Center for Community Leadership Development & Entrepreneurship presented Delaware County Council with a plaque recognizing their support of the Wardrobes for Work program, which collected thousands of items of workplace attire for residents in need of professional clothing.
“Council is very proud to be a supporter of the Wardrobes for Work program, which seeks to remove the barrier of purchasing suitable work clothing to our residents,” said Chairman Mario J. Civera, Jr. “We have a very active county Office of Workforce Development, and thanks to their efforts, we have an unemployment rate that is lower than the national average.”
Earlier this year, Delaware County Council joined dozens of local businesses and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce to help collect thousands of articles of clothing. Started by Neumann University’s Center for Leadership in March, the Wardrobes for Work program has grown over the past several months to become an expansive collection of men and women’s business suits, dress suits, and casual workplace attire. Thousands of articles of gently used business casual attire and business suits are available – free of charge – to local residents.
“Wardrobes for Work seeks to remove one of the barriers – purchasing work suitable clothing,” said Danielle McNichol, General Counsel of Neumann University and Director of the Neumann Center for Leadership. “We have thousands of articles of clothing that have been donated through the generosity of the community that are available at no cost to residents who need a new wardrobe for work or need to supplement their existing work attire.”
Individuals who are in need of workplace attire are encouraged to schedule an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-358-4528. Businesses that would like to host a collection box and individuals who would like to make a donation are encouraged to visit the Center for Leadership’s website http://neumannpublicsafety.com/donation-programs/.
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