Here’s a simple and practical way to help others: donate your unused work duds to Oaklanders who need them for job interviews.
Just take a look in your closet for old work suits, shirts, skirts and office-appropriate accessories. Clothes should be in relatively conservative styles, and in ready-to-wear condition.
It’s easy for Montclarions to help. Wardrobe for Opportunity accepts clothing donations at Bank of the West (map): Monday-Thursday from 9am-5pm; Friday from 9am-6pm; or Saturday from 9am-1pm.
Have a bit more time?
Wardrobe For Opportunity helps low-income people visiting their outlets in Oakland and Concord. They welcome volunteers to assist these job seekers with personal shopping, as well as behind-the-scenes.
Another Oakland group, CEO Women, doesn’t need your clothing but would like volunteers too. They help low-income, female immigrants set up their own businesses.
Founder Farhana Huq created CEO Women “to address the unique needs of immigrant and refugee women struggling to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.”
Both Oakland non-profits are successful operations, and make a difference throught their grassroots efforts. They welcome hands-on and financial assistance, so pay it forward.