Tampa, FL, August 06, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Intelligent Office of Tampa Bay offers a new drop off location for suit’s for Dress for Success
Intelligent Office of Tampa Bay announces their partnership with the Tampa chapter of Dress for Success where they will serve as a drop off location for women executives to donate new or nearly new suits for donation.
Katie McGill, Executive Director for the Tampa chapter of Dress for Success is excited to expand their donation territory and their relationship with Intelligent Office. She shares the non profit’s mission of promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Karen Gillman, President of Intelligent Office and Co-Founder of Charity Chics is glad for the opportunity to share the need with other female executives who are eager to give back to the community. “We are proud to partner with Dress for Success, which allows our affiliates to provide deserving women with professional clothing that is vital in their job search process,” said Gillman. “This partnership is also an opportunity to introduce Dress for Success to countless individuals while sharing their mission with them. One suit per female executive in each of our networks will provide a tremendous supply for the Tampa chapter,” says Gillman.
Suits can be donated at Intelligent Office located at 3111 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 100, Tampa FL. Donations are accepted Mon – Fri from 8:30 am – 4 pm. The donations will be given to Dress for Success to be used for local women interviewing to entering the work force. Please deliver your items on hangars and wear ready. Donations are tax deductible.
The women Dress for Success serves:
- Are single mothers (70%), raising an average of 2-3 children.
- Represent all ethnicities and races.
- Range in age from 18-60, with the majority age 18-38.
How Dress For Success Works:
Dress for Success provides each woman with a business suit when she has a job interview. When she successfully lands the job, she returns to Dress for Success for up to one week’s worth of business-appropriate separates. She also receives an invitation to join the Professional Women’s Group, our career development and networking group, and participate in other employment retention programs such as the Career Center, mentoring and career fairs. Dress for Success serves job-ready women by referral only from more than 3,000 non-profit organizations including domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters and job-training programs. Their programs transition women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: She has gone from unemployment to economic independence.
The results of their programs speak for themselves:
- Dress for Success has suited more than 500,000 women since our inception in 1997.
- In 2009 alone, Dress for Success served nearly 50,000 women.
- 75% of Professional Women’s Group members have retained their jobs after one year.
- 62% of Professional Women’s Group members have been promoted and/or received salary increases.
- 60% of Professional Women’s Group members have improved their credit.
- 57% of Professional Women’s Group members have furthered their education by enrolling in or completing a GED or college program.
About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 100 cities in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the West Indies. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 500,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org
to learn more.
About Karen Gillman and Intelligent Office
Intelligent Office or Tampa Bay provides virtual office services to over 260 local businesses. Intelligent Office affords small businesses the luxuries of a large corporation on a limited budget. Receptionists, office space on demand, translation services, notaries and more – on demand. The office was recently featured on Fox News as a valuable resource for business professionals wanting to elevate their image while eliminating their overhead. For more information on Intelligent Office, visit http://www.intelligentoffice.com
or call the Tampa office at 813-350-7800.
Karen Gillman is a member of Pleasant Grove Assembly of God, Co-founder of Charity Chics, President of the BNI Profit Pros, is a member of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, serves as a national spokeswoman for Johnson and Johnson in support of their gastric banding product, serves on the Board of Directors for HARC – Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers, and is involved in a wide variety of local events. She has recently been selected as one of three semi-finalists for Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Contact: Karen Gillman
Intelligent Office of Tampa