It's that time of year again. In lieu of offering a widespread sale for Valentine's Day we are opting to give 10% of our proceeds this month to a charity that has our hearts: Bottomless Closet®. (Sidenote: if you want to read about our efforts last year you can click here).
This year we decided to stay close to home. Bottomless Closet® is a NYC-based non-profit that works to reduce the barriers many women face in the search for employment. They provide their clients with the selection of high quality interview attire, 1:1 resume review/preparation and interview coaching as well as a broad workshop curriculum that promotes professional development, financial management and personal enrichment.
The organization was founded in 1999 in response to an earlier New York Times article about the obstacles that mothers on public assistance faced when seeking work, including the lack of appropriate interview clothing and the lack of self-confidence to present themselves professionally in an unfamiliar interview setting. The Welfare Reform Act was passed during the same year which radically transformed the nation’s welfare system by imposing a time limit on federal welfare benefits. This further complicated women’s transition from public assistance into the workforce. Twenty years later, Bottomless Closet® has over 200 active volunteers who provide support to thousands of women each year.