Dress for Success Suit Drive: A Big Success
By Lindsey Madison, SIMEON
What better way to start off the Holidays than by giving to those who are in need? At the November 16, 2016 Economic Forecast Luncheon, CREW SF members donated in droves, bringing in suits, shirts, skirts, shoes, handbags and more worth an estimated value of $2,500. The Community Affairs team members volunteered that day to collect, sort and deliver the items to the headquarters at Dress for Success San Francisco (DFSSF).
We understand the importance of first impressions and the benefit from dressing the part to feel empowered. DFSSF is a non-profit entity that assists low-income women entering and reentering the work force by securing professional employment attire. Equipped with professional attire, these women are empowered to ace their next job interview. In addition, the women are able to participate in several programs such as employment retention and job training, and access to a career center to suit meet all their professional needs.
Since CREW SF is dedicated to empowering women in the commercial real estate industry, we benefit from a community of women and men who help broaden our network and reach. We are honored that through this network we can assist the less fortunate through our various community partners. In our efforts to focus on broadening expanding the CREW community, we feel that now is the time to branch out to a broader community of women and girls who are looking for career mentorship. As we step forward into 2017, Community Affairs will be partnering with the Life Learning Academy to provide young girls with career guidance and create awareness for their teen housing program. We look forward to the community engagement events that will arise from these partnerships and the lives that will be changed from our efforts.
From Left to Right: Charlotte Brook (CB2 Builders), Megan Hemmerle (ARUP), and Lindsey Madison (SIMEON)