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Share your career clothing and business skills by donating and volunteering

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Do you have work clothes hanging in your closet that you no longer wear? If so, have you considered helping unemployed or low-income people dress for achievement by donating those items to local charities?

Many people wait until spring to organize and clean, their closets included. However, now is as good a time as any to go through your items and look for gently used or new things to donate to people in need.

If you already donate clothing or are looking for another avenue of giving, have you thought of donating your time and knowledge? Many organizations look for people with certain career expertise to help teach workshops and classes. Why not share your own career knowledge with others to help them gain another rung on that career ladder? Donating your time and knowledge is also a great thing to showcase on your resume.

Here is a list of Tacoma charities or organizations that could use your donations of work clothing or career knowledge through volunteerism:

  • Suited for Success is a program offered by the Phoenix Housing Network that offers clothes for interviews and weekly workshops that help with interview preparation.
  • Tacoma Goodwill is always in need of volunteers. For example, they offer a Financial Literacy course that helps low-income students to manage their money and look for people with a background in credit, insurance, banking, real estate, or similar fields to teach it. Other areas of volunteering include Mock Interviewers, Job Readiness Instructors, Computer Lab Assistants, and Job Resources Room Assistants.
  • The Rescue Mission accepts donations of work clothing and looks for people to donate their time. For example, if you’re a chef you could teach a cooking class and if you’re a party planner, you could plan a family fun night.
  • The Tacoma Area Literacy Council provides free tutoring with basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) for adults and are in need of tutors to volunteer their time to help.
  • Tacoma Community House offers volunteer opportunities with their Education Department. They look for tutors that can help with reading, writing, and/or math; people to assist in the classroom for ESL or adult basic education, and computer lab helpers.
  • Washington Women’s Employment and Education takes gently used professional clothing and also looks for volunteers to help people learn how to dress for success.
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