United Way of Pierce County’s Gifts in Kind program, is partnering with Men’s Wearhouse to launch its 12th annual Suit Drive, a month-long initiative that collects gently-used professional clothing for Americans transitioning back into the workforce. Throughout the month of July, donations collected at Men’s Wearhouse stores will be distributed to United Way and more than 150 other local non-profit organizations across the country that help disadvantaged individuals regain employment through job readiness programs and workforce assistance. Over the past 11 years, the Suit Drive has collected more than 2 million items of clothing.
Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO of United Way of Pierce County reflected on the importance of getting and keeping a good job, “It is a privilege to work with Men’s Wearhouse again to empower unemployed men and women to regain employment. Our workforce navigators at South Sound 2-1-1 and our Center for Strong Families are providing the support and services to help local men and women gain financial footing through financial and employment coaching as well as education. The donations from the Men’s Wearhouse Suit Drive help job seekers suit up and enter a job interview with the mindset to secure the job.”
Starting July 1, residents of Pierce County can donate their gently-used professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, skirts, pants, belts and shoes at any store in Washington. As a thank you, donors will receive 50 percent off their next purchase of regular priced retail items (excluding shoes, clearance, custom and Exceptional Value items).
Last year, United Way was able to help dozens of men in the area receive a chance to get back to work. King 5 provided an excellent report about the suit drive that is available online.
"Regaining confidence and knowing you’re putting your best foot forward in an interview or in starting a new job is an important component. It’s gratifying knowing that the simple act of cleaning through your closet can help someone move forward with their career,” added Ponepinto.”
To help drive awareness of the Men's Wearhouse Suit Drive, @menswearhouse is encouraging followers to spread the word by using #ThrowbackAndDonate
Throwback photos are a lot like your closet. They're full of clothes you don't wear anymore. The Men's Wearhouse Suit Drive is the perfect occasion to share those photos and donate that professional clothing for a good cause.
How it Works:
Add #ThrowbackAndDonate to a throwback post, then donate the clothes at a Men's Wearhouse store. You'll get 50% off your next purchase and give someone the confidence to get their career back on track. Good on you.
For more information, visit the Suit Drive website at mwsuitdrive.com.
About United Way: United Way of Pierce County has a bold goal to lift 15,000 households out of poverty and into financial stability by 2028. We do this by helping move local households out of poverty in three ways: Meet basic needs for hungry children and families, Move people out of crisis via South Sound 2-1-1 and Improve family financial stability. We achieve this by mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals, to make a long-term measurable difference in our community. Together, we are creating a stronger community. To learn more or to join our fight against poverty in Pierce County, visit www.uwpc.org.
About Men’s Wearhouse
Founded in 1973 and a subsidiary of Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD), Men's Wearhouse is the largest specialty retailer of men's apparel and rental product in the U.S. with over 700 stores, including Men’s Wearhouse and Tux, nationwide. Men's Wearhouse carries a full selection of suits, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, footwear and accessories in non-exclusive and exclusive merchandise brands such as Joseph Abboud, AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole, BLACK by Vera Wang, among others. Tuxedo and suit rentals are available at both Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores, which also offer a limited selection of retail merchandise, and Men’s Wearhouse stores nationwide.
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