Opportunity Details

Jobs and Economic Development
Low-income Communities
Build Connections

Age Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age:16+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed, Minor Waiver on File Required

Dress For Success

Create a helpful and pleasant “shopping” experience for women attempting to re-enter the job market. Volunteers will receive and sort donations at the organization’s monthly clothing intake and arrange the items in a free “store” so that clients may search the space for work-appropriate items to wear to employment-related activities. The work of volunteers has a meaningful impact on decreasing unemployment in Chicago by increasing access and opportunity for Dress for Success’ clients. Chicago Cares’ volunteer projects are opportunities to connect with our neighbors, challenge our assumptions, change how we think and feel about our city, and inspire action – all while making a tangible, positive impact through service.

Description During the project, volunteers will collect curbside donations, sort and organize clothing, and reset the area for open client days. Volunteers will need to sign in at the security desk with a valid ID. Dress casually and wear layers, as the space can get very warm with people moving around different areas of the space. Some volunteers, but not all, may need to move bags of clothing weighing up to 20 pounds. Volunteers with physical limitations should not be deterred.

Transit Information This location is accessible via the Red line (Lake), Blue line (Clark/Lake), Brown line (State/Lake), Green line (State/Lake), Orange line (State/Lake), Pink line (State/Lake), Purple Express line (State/Lake).

Community Partner Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. The organization has been a Chicago Cares partner since 2013 for this project.

Program Goal Volunteers will increase the capacity of organizations that prepare individuals seeking professional opportunities and learn about the organization’s strategies for providing access to employment for the populations they serve.

Impact of Program For people experiencing unemployment, access to professional clothing can become a barrier to job entry. Meeting standards for business attire is important in demonstrating a candidate’s professionalism, which is why education about job readiness and the importance of dressing professionally for interviews can help build confidence and the likelihood of being hired. After learning about the barriers to job access, volunteers will feel empowered to engage in additional job development opportunities.

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