Suit Drive Aims To Provide Work-Appropriate Wardrobes To Those Looking To Re-Enter the Workforce
On Tuesday, September 1st at 12:30pm Mayor Dannel Malloy will help kickoff the Men’s Wearhouse 2nd Annual National Suit Drive by donating a suit at the Men’s Wearhouse located at 2254 Summer Street in Stamford, CT. Suits donated at the Men’s Wearhouse Stamford store will help empower unemployed men receiving job services at ARI of Connecticut, Inc. and other Stamford based agencies by providing the necessary work attire that will build their self-esteem and help make a lasting impression during job interviews.
Concerned that thousands of men are unable to secure employment because they lack the initial, yet vital, step of looking presentable for a job interview, ARI of Connecticut, Inc. and Men’s Wearhouse are working together to collect thousands of articles of professional attire as part of the 2nd Annual National Suit Drive, September 1-30.
ARI of Connecticut, Inc. along with more than 200 other nonprofit organizations have partnered with Men’s Wearhouse, the nation’s leading retailer of men’s tailored clothing, to help
“We are very excited and thankful to hear that Mayor Malloy will be participating in the National Suit Drive campaign by donating one of his suits to a gentleman looking for employment,” said Matthew Reyher, President & CEO of ARI of Connecticut, Inc. in Stamford, CT. “Proper professional attire really makes a difference in our clients’ lives and Mayor Malloy’s involvement will help send the message of how important it is to give men in need a chance for employment”
Last year, the inaugural suit drive garnered 125,000 professional items nationally. This year, ARI of Connecticut, Inc. and Men’s Wearhouse have set a goal of not only gathering as many items as possible, but also increasing awareness about the importance clothing has on clients’ success as they work to overcome barriers to gainful employment.
“It became apparent many years ago that there was a long-standing need to help men who are striving for self-sufficiency,” said George Zimmer, CEO and Chairman of Men’s Wearhouse. “We started a Merchandise Donation program to provide professional clothing to nonprofit organizations serving these men. However, our program could not meet the demand, so we implemented the National Suit Drive to assist us in our efforts to help less fortunate men by giving them a renewed sense of dignity and respect. Philanthropy is a major part of our corporate fabric and given the economic climate, this year’s National Suit Drive is more important than ever.”
To demonstrate its commitment, Men’s Wearhouse will add a new tie to help complete the outfit for every suit donated.
All 1,065 Men’s Wearhouse and Men’s Wearhouse & Tux locations will serve as drop-off sites for gently used suits, dress shirts, sport coats, slacks, ties, belts and shoes that will be used to benefit men in need of these items to transition into the workforce. Men’s Wearhouse will accept donations for ARI of Connecticut, Inc., which in turn will provide them to individuals who utilize their services. For a complete list of drop-off locations, please visit www.nationalsuitdrive.com.
About ARI of Connecticut, Inc.
ARI of Connecticut, Inc. (Always Reaching for Independence), enriches the lives of people with disabilities and their families by enabling them to achieve their fullest potential at home, at work, and in the community. Since 1952, ARI has been providing jobs, homes, and services to adults with developmental disabilities in the Stamford area. Many of its clients come from a low income background and have limited resources making it difficult to purchase clothing needed to gain employment. Currently ARI provides job development and coaching for over 30 individuals employed in the Stamford area. The clothing donated form the suit drive will be used to help these clients gain employment in a very competitive market. Last year ARI partnered with other local agencies distributing suits to men looking for jobs. Over 300 men received at least one suit which was used in their quest for employment.
About Men’s Wearhouse
Founded in 1973, Men's Wearhouse is one of North America's largest specialty retailers of men's apparel with 1,284 stores. The Men's Wearhouse, Moores and K&G stores carry a full selection of designer, brand name and private label suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories.