Blouses. Shoes. Blazers. Jewelry. Slacks. Skirts.
These items and more were included in the SUV busting load of gently used professional women’s attire and accessories that were collected by the Legal Studies Student Association (LSSA) and then donated to Career Wardrobe on November 19 by Club Advisor and Legal Studies Education Coordinator Mary Sims on behalf of the club and Manor College as a whole.
“The LSSA has been doing this for years,” said Sims. “I took over the LSSA and have been organizing the drive since 2009. Last year we donated a car full of clothes and accessories and we might have a little more this year. More students participated and spread the word around Manor and to their own family and friends.”
Originally a drive to collect accessories – jewelry, scarves, shoes, belts, hats pocketbooks, unused toiletries, pantyhose and cosmetics – the drive has expanded in recent years to include clothing. “Particularly the larger and the smaller sizes, since that’s what they really need,” said Sims.
Career Wardrobe is a nonprofit based in Center City. Its mission is to empower women in transition by providing programs that inspire the confidence necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and pursue a productive career by providing professional work attire, educational programs, and networking tools and opportunities.
Career Wardrobe is the nation’s largest independent, community-based nonprofit organization serving women transitioning into the workforce by providing professional attire. Since 1995, Career Wardrobe has assisted nearly 75,000 women by inspiring the confidence necessary to achieve independence. For more information, visit www.careerwardrobe.org.
LSSA Club Advisor and Legal Studies Education Coordinator Mary Sims (standing, right) is pictured with the clothing and accessories collected during the drive before taking them to Career Wardrobe. Also pictured is Legal Studies Program Director and Business and Legal Studies Division Chair Diane Pevar (standing, middle), and Paralegal Studies students Lauren Greenly (standing, left) and Mary Jo Bell (seated).
Mary Sims poses with her loaded SUV before delivering the donation to Career Wardrobe.