Volunteer Florida, Uber Announce Fifth Annual Suits for Session Service Project

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2020
MEDIA CONTACT
Savannah Kelly
savannah@volunteerflorida.org
(850) 556-9799

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Volunteer Florida and Uber announced the fifth annual Suits for Session service project will be held on Tuesday, February 25 on the third-floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol.

Suits for Session engages legislators and staff, state agency employees and other local professionals and residents to collect new or gently-worn business attire to help prepare job-seekers in need in our state. Since the project’s inception in 2016, Volunteer Florida and Uber have been able to donate over 16,000 items of professional wear to organizations across the Sunshine State.

Items collected this year will be donated to Dress for Success Tampa Bay, Sulzbacher, CareerSource Chipola, CareerSource Gulf Coast and others.

Individuals who are interested in participating are encouraged to stop by the Capitol on Tuesday, February 25 from 9 am to 5 pm (ET), drop-off at Volunteer Florida or one of the participating agencies. This year, Uber will be assisting with large scale transportation of items from state agencies.

“My administration is committed to supporting workforce development and removing barriers to opportunity,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I thank Volunteer Florida and Uber for spearheading this event which empowers Floridians seeking to advance their careers.”

“Volunteer Florida is proud to host the fifth annual Suits for Session – a Capitol service project with a statewide impact,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram. “Suits for Session connects job-seekers with the resources they need for economic and career success.”

“Uber is delighted once again to partner with Volunteer Florida in the fifth annual Suits for Session Capitol service project,” said Uber Senior Public Policy Manager Stephanie Smith. “Supporting Floridians re-entering the workforce and gaining meaningful employment is a goal we all share and proud to help coordinate in local communities.”

“We are honored to be a recipient organization of this year’s Suits for Session service project,” said Dress for Success Tampa Bay Executive Katie McGill. “At Dress for Success Tampa Bay, we work every day to increase access to necessary resources that help individuals find employment and remain employed. This project captures our spirit and we look forward to working with Volunteer Florida and Uber.”

“At Sulzbacher, we have seen first-hand how a comprehensive support program can change someone’s life,” said Sulzbacher President and CEO Cindy Funkhouser. “Suits for Session is a great way for us to increase the self-esteem and confidence of those we serve. Thank you, Volunteer Florida and Uber for organizing this worthy event.”

The following men’s and women’s items will be accepted:

Full suits
Blazers/jackets
Blouses/shirts
Pants/trousers
Dresses/skirts
Ties
Belts
Shoes
Handbags

For more information about Suits for Session, please visit www.volunteerflorida.org/suits.

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About Volunteer Florida
In 1994, Volunteer Florida was established in Florida Statutes to manage national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, and advocate for volunteerism throughout the Sunshine State. Since then, Volunteer Florida has evolved to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, including managing the Florida Disaster Fund. After 25 years, Volunteer Florida remains committed to promoting volunteerism in Florida, and recently launched the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect. Through our work, Volunteer Florida delivers high-impact volunteer programs and opportunities that engage Floridians, transform communities and make the state a better place to live.

About Uber
Uber started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 10 billion trips later, Uber is building tools to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.