Dress for Success Oregon is always seeking additional volunteers to join our team. Currently, our greatest need is for licensed hair stylists, HOPE & PWG volunteers (including meal providers), and clothing organizers. For all volunteer roles, we ask for a minimum of 3 hours of service a month and a 1 year commitment, if possible. Our current volunteer opportunities are listed below. If you are interested in learning more or to fill out an application, please contact Michelle Fitzsimmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 249-7300 ext. 107.
Clothing Organizers help us process the clothing donations we receive from the community. Duties include: sorting, assessing donations for quality and professional appropriateness, and merchandising donations on the store floor. When necessary, donations are spot-cleaned, mended, steamed, tagged, and prepared for display in the store.
Hair & Makeup:
Hair stylists and make-up artists volunteer their time to help our clients look their best. We offer haircuts and styling (dry salon only), as well as makeup consultation and application, and provide all supplies for salon volunteers. Hair stylists must be licensed.
Personal Shoppers meet one-on-one with our clients during a one-hour appointment and help them find professional clothing for their upcoming job interview. Encouragement, compassion and support are an important part of this initial visit, as our clients come from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds.
Welcome Specialists help clients (one-on-one or in small groups) with interview preparation, coaching, and job search resources while providing an overview of Dress for Success services. Welcome Specialists also encourage clients to get involved in our programs.
HOPE & PWG:
Our HOPE program is designed to support our newly-employed clients throughout their first 90 days of new employment. Meetings are twice a month and address topics such as budgeting, time management, and rules of the workplace. HOPE volunteers assist with client check-in, meal preparation, set up/take down, personal shopping, and client support.
Once a client graduates from the HOPE program, we invite her to join the Professional Women’s Group, our long term job retention program, which meets monthly. PWG members learn about working with supervisors, solving workplace problems, staying healthy, work-life balance, building self-esteem, and more. PWG volunteers help with client check-in, meal preparation, set up/take down, and client support.
HOPE & PWG Meal Provider:
Meal providers supply food for HOPE and PWG meetings. These meals can be store bought or homemade, and Dress for Success Oregon provides all other serving supplies.
Dress for Success Oregon hosts major events throughout the year - Celebrate Success, Empowerment Breakfast: In Her Shoes, and our Acey’s Closet Sales. We have opportunities for volunteers to help at events, as well as serve on a variety of event planning committees.
- Adult Education
- Public Speaking
- Professional Development
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training