Support Dress for Success and celebrate International Women’s Day by organising a clothing and perfume collection. Here’s how to do it…
1. Choose dates
It works best to have a lot of build-up and a short donation period. For example, send the email about the clothing or perfume collection a month in advance and then a reminder with a week to go to give employees the weekend to spring clean their wardrobe and choose the clothes they wish to donate. Send another reminder early in the week and collect the clothes on Thursday and Friday. Remind employees to donate clean items in very good condition including:
- Suits – skirt or trouser
- Separates – trousers, skirts, fitted jackets
- Smart blouses & shirts
- Shoes – flats or heels
- Handbags & briefcases
- Unused tights
- Unopened perfume
- Evening dresses/designer clothing that we can sell in an annual pop-up fashion sale
2. Set up a donation area
Hang posters around the office to remind employees to donate clothes. Choose a visible area to set up tables and coat racks if you have them. Ask a couple of colleagues to bring clothes in advance so you can get started with some clothes already there – it helps to get more people involved. You may like to set up a jar or box on the table to collect financial donations – it all helps! Designate a member of the staff to monitor the area and keep it clean and organised.
3. Wrap up
Take some pictures of the collection area, preferably with your team. We’d love to highlight it on our social media so please send pictures, videos, quotes to email@example.com. If you post on your own social media, please tag DFSDublin.
4. Drop off the donation
Drop the clothes and donations off at our office anytime Monday-Friday from 10-2 at 4 Ellis Quay, Dublin 7. Please let us know when you’re planning to drop clothes so we can have volunteers ready to help. Our contact details are 01 6400001 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
All appropriate clothing will be given directly to women going for interviews or starting in a new workplace – if something’s not quite suitable we’ll sell it in our annual pop-up fashion sale to raise funds for our service. Thank you!
5. Clothing Collection Resources