Last week, the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) had their international conference in Vancouver. Fundraisers from all over flocked to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the 3 day event. The attendees were encouraged to donate gently used and current business wear to Dress for Success Vancouver as part of the conference.
On the opening day, Eloise, a client of Dress for Success, shared her story with the 4000 people in attendance. There was not a dry eye in the audience after she spoke. Following the presentation, one of the international delegates was so moved by Eloise's story that she approached the Dress for Success table and donated the new yellow, cashmere cardigan off her back.
I was so thrilled when this cardigan came in. Not only was it gorgeous, but I loved the story that came with it. I put it on display immediately!
Dress for Success Vancouver clients have 2 opportunities to use the Dressing Services. On the interview appointment, a volunteer stylist will work with the client to find a full outfit to wear to her interview, and when she finds employment, she can come back two more outfits to start a mini working wardrobe!
Today, we had thirteen clients came in, some were preparing for interviews and others just landed a job. Rachel had come in last year for her interview outfit and arrived today for her employment suiting. Can you guess where this is going?
The yellow cardigan found a new home!
Thank you to the AFP conference for selecting Dress for Success Vancouver to participate.
Thank you to Eloise for sharing her story with over 4000 people.
Thank you to the delegate who donated the sweater off her back.
Thank you to the volunteer, Christine, who helped Rachel find her fabulous outfits
Thank you to Rachel for modeling one of the outfits you went home with today. Congratulations on your new job!
Where is Rachel today?
Here is a note we received from Rachel today:
When I last saw Dress for Success I was sort of 'testing' out a new job possibility with a gallery in Gastown. I volunteered 1-2 days per week for a few months to see how things would go - a kind of long-term interview of sorts. Things went really well, so starting in July 2012 I began full-time - finally, 5 years after graduating with an art degree I have a job in the arts! Patience and persistence, I tell you. Attached is a photo of me in the yellow sweater at the gallery. I cannot express to you how grateful I am for the clothes provided by Dress for Success. It's imperative that I look professional when dealing with potential collectors, and I could have never afforded these beautiful clothes otherwise - it's really helped to get my career off to a good start. And I LOVE the fact that I got this beautiful cashmere sweater from a woman who was kind enough to literally take it off her back - I've renamed it 'the love sweater', and always think of that story when I put it on.So if you're ever in the mood for a little walk, come by and visit Trench Contemporary Art, 148 Alexander St. in Gastown - our gallery includes many works from senior Vancouver artists as well as newer emerging artists. Open 12-6 Wed-Fri and 12-5 on Sat!Thanks again to all the wonderful women who help with this program: volunteers, employees, and those who donate the beautiful clothes - I have so much gratitude for all of you.