Neumann’s Wardrobes for Work on Mission to Recirculate 25,000 Items of Clothing to Individuals in Need by the Holidays
Wardrobes for Work is seeking new partnerships with community groups and non-profits to assist with distribution of business and business casual attire
ASTON, PA – Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of area residents who have donated gently-used articles of men’s and women’s business casual attire and business suits, the Neumann University Center for Leadership’s Wardrobes for Work program has distributed – free-of-charge – an estimated 85,000 articles of clothing to career seekers since 2017. As a result of the overwhelming community support and donations, the Wardrobes for Work program is seeking to expand its ability to distribute the clothing by forming new partnerships with non-profits and community organizations that serve individuals who may be in need of clothing.
“With the colder winter months approaching, Wardrobes for Work has set an aggressive goal for ourselves of recirculating 25,000 articles of clothing to individuals in need by the end of the year,” said Danielle McNichol, General Counsel of Neumann University and Director of the Neumann Center for Leadership. “To meet that benchmark of distributing all that clothing before the holidays, we are looking to form new partnerships with non-profit and community organizations that service and assist individuals who are in need of gently-used work and dress attire. By partnering with more organizations, we hope to increase our reach and have a positive impact in the lives of more people who may not be aware of our program.”
Groups and organizations that serve individuals who are in need of the attire – for their own personal use — are encouraged to visit the Wardrobes for Work website and complete the “Group Needs” Request Form, which will assist volunteers with compiling the appropriate type of clothing and sizes to best meet the identified needs. The form can be found at: https://neumannpublicsafety.com/donation-programs/. In addition, individuals in need of workplace attire can schedule an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-358-4528.
McNichol estimates that Wardrobes for Work has collected more than 125,000 articles of clothing since its launch two-and-a-half years ago. Items are collected on Neumann University’s campus in Aston, PA and through attire donation boxes that are hosted by dozens of local businesses, law firms, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, and county and state government offices
“Wardrobes for Work removes a financial barrier that individuals face — purchasing suitable clothing – when attending job interviews, reentering the workforce, starting a new job, or supplementing their existing work and dress attire,” said McNichol. “It is incredibly heartwarming to see the gratitude of individuals who have benefitted from the generosity of local residents. We believe there are even more people out there who we can assist through this program, which is why we want to partner with more groups to ensure we are reaching as many individuals as possible.”
Wardrobes for Work is entirely volunteer-driven and welcomes individuals who want to lend assistance. Area residents who would like to donate their time to assist with the task of sorting donated items and preparing “orders” of clothing that meet the specific needs identified by community partner organizations are encouraged to contact Danielle McNichol at email@example.com or by calling 610-358-4528.