Dress for Success and Dressbarn Team Up to Help Women Job Seekers

If you're getting ready for that big interview and realize you don't have a thing to wear because you've been spending your money on essentials like rent, electricity and groceries rather than chic interview clothes, fear not. Your sisters are coming to your rescue. Dressbarn's annual "Send One Suit Weekend" is coming up Feb. 24-27, and it's sure to provide you with a really great outfit.

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Dressbarn has teamed up with Dress for Success, the international non-profit organization that supports female economic independence, to collect articles of professional clothing, which in turn will be donated to women looking to gain a job, or who are trying to re-enter the work force. The ninth annual clothing donation program will have drop-off sites at over 825 dressbarn locations across the country.

"This program provides the initial, yet vital step of supporting women with the proper attire, [thereby] building their confidence to succeed in getting a job," said Vivian Behrens, EVP and chief Marketing officer at dressbarn. "'Send One Suit Weekend' encourages our customers to donate a suit or any professional clothing that can be used by someone less fortunate, who is working to better her life. The last thing a woman should have to worry about during a job search is whether her wardrobe will prevent her from being seriously considered for employment."

Last year, dressbarn's clothing drive yielded more than 43,000 professional items of clothing in four days. The collected items were distributed to more than 70 Dress for Success affiliates throughout the United States. This year, the company is looking to attract in excess of 50,000 items of gently-worn professional attire.

All dressbarn locations nationwide will serve as drop-off sites for gently used suits, dresses, skirts, slacks, blouses, belts and shoes that will be used to benefit low-income women who are looking for employment. Additionally, dressbarn stores will offer donors an additional savings of 15% off a total purchase in gratitude for their generosity.

For a complete list of locations and acceptable items, visit dressbarn.com.

If you're in need of one of those suits, visit dressforsuccess.org

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell


Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist and author of Career Comeback--Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want.  Her work has been translated into 20 different languages, and she is a frequent expert guest and commentator on news and talk shows. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today, CNBC, Fox Business News, Dr. Phil, Oprah.com and many other media outlets.  Lisa discusses her AOL pieces each week and interviews vital guests on the web TV show, This Week in Careers. Learn more on LisaJohnsonMandell.com.

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