EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. – State Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Evergreen Park, is teaming up with Dress for Success Chicago and is encouraging residents to donate new or gently used women’s professional clothing, which will help local women in need compete for jobs and succeed in the workplace.
“I am thrilled to be working with Dress for Success Chicago and helping women across our area achieve personal and financial success,” Burke said. “Whether it’s your first job interview or you’re changing careers, being properly dressed can give you the confidence boost you need to get the job you want.”
Burke’s clothing drive will benefit women across Chicago and help provide individuals with the professional clothing and accessories they need to re-enter the workforce. New or gently used items being accepted include contemporary suits, dresses, blazers, skirts, pants, cardigans, dress shirts & blouses, twin sets, winter coats, boots, handbags and totes, accessories, including jewelry, belts, scarves, and dress shoes.
Burke will also be accepting donations of new, unopened toiletries; hygiene and grooming products; cosmetics; and new hosiery including nylons & knee-highs, trouser socks, undergarments and control undergarments. All sizes are accepted, but Dress for Success is in greatest need for women’s clothing sizes 14 and above, handbags and pursues, and office-appropriate shoes, sizes 7 and up.
Donations may be dropped off at Cotter Bowen Law Firm, located at 4544 W. 103rd St., Suite 102 in Oak Lawn from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 1. For questions, please call 708-425-9900.
“I encourage area residents to look through their closets and find that skirt or blouse you haven’t worn in ages and donate it to a great cause,” Burke said. “I believe it’s important for women to stick together and by donating new or used professional clothing, you can help change another woman’s life.”