RICHMOND, VA —Men’s Wearhouse is launching its eighth annual National Suit Drive, a six-week initiative that collects donations of gently-used professional attire for unemployed Americans. Clothing collected at area Men’s Wearhouse stores now through July 31st will be distributed locally to Goodwill to support the non-profit’s career development services programs that help area residents get back to work. The national drive will also benefit 180 other nonprofit organizations across the U.S. that provide job-ready skills, training and seminars to disadvantaged men and women entering or re-entering the workforce.
“We strive to battle unemployment by helping individuals get back on their feet and into the workplace.” said Charles Layman, President and CEO of Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia. “The National Suit Drive is a wonderful cause that addresses an important, fundamental need as we help position our clients to achieve success as they job search.”
Men’s Wearhouse has honored Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia as the local beneficiary of the Drive for eight years enabling Richmond-area residents to donate more than 30,000 pieces of professional clothing, helping thousands of local residents get back to work.
As part of this year’s National Suit Drive, Men’s Wearhouse is issuing a challenge to consumers across the country to meet or exceed this year’s goal of 250,000 donated items. Over the past seven years, the National Suit Drive has collected approximately 850,000 professional clothing donations nationwide, making this year the opportunity to break one million donations.
Now through July 31st, residents of Central Virginia can donate their gently-used professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes, at any Men’s Wearhouse location in central Virginia. As a thank you, donors will receive 50 percent off the regular retail price of their next purchase from Men’s Wearhouse.
“A suit is more than just about how you look – it’s about how you feel, and it’s important to feel your absolute best during a job interview,” said Doug Ewert, CEO of The Men’s Wearhouse. “The National Suit Drive gives individuals looking to re-enter the workforce their best chance at a new beginning.”
#GIVEASUIT AND GET SOCIAL
To help spread the word about this year’s National Suit Drive, Men’s Wearhouse is encouraging people to share the #giveasuit post found on their Facebook page. For every share, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the local nonprofits with whom they have partnered.
For more information, visit the National Suit Drive website at www.nationalsuitdrive.com.