June 15, 2017
CONTACT: Erin VanSickle

To view the video, click here.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Volunteer Florida announced today that throughout the summer, it will highlight individuals who have been impacted by the second annual #SuitsForSession Capitol service project. #SuitsForSession, which collected over 3,200 items of new or gently-used professional attire, benefitted job-seekers statewide.

Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman said, “This year’s #SuitsForSession was a Capitol service project with a statewide impact. We have delivered the donations to individuals from Tallahassee to Miami, thanks to our regional partner organizations and the many volunteers who sorted and transported the donations.”

Following #SuitsForSession, Volunteer Florida staff and volunteers sorted the items and coordinated delivery to Chapman Partnership in Miami, Dress for Success Tampa Bay, ECHO Outreach Ministries in Tallahassee, Bridges of America (statewide locations), and the Florida State University Unconquered Scholars program.

“By highlighting the stories of people across Florida who were personally impacted by #SuitsForSession, we hope to spark a discussion about ways in which the private sector, public sector, and volunteers can innovate to help job-seekers gain self-sufficiency,” continued Spellman. “Entering or re-entering the workforce can be overwhelming, especially for those experiencing homelessness, health issues, or other challenges. Our goal is to support job-seekers by providing not only professional attire, but a sense of self-confidence.”

In March, elected officials, state employees, legislative staff, and members of the private sector participated in #SuitsForSession by donating new or gently-used professional attire at the Capitol. Additionally, Uber drivers picked up items for free across Leon County and delivered them to Volunteer Florida.

To see a highlight video, click here. To see photos and a list of partner organizations and agencies, click here.