|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Volunteer Florida and Uber announced that the fifth annual Suits for Session service project resulted in the collection of 4,796 items of professional attire.
The clothing will be donated to Dress for Success Tampa Bay, Sulzbacher, CareerSource Chipola and CareerSource Gulf Coast – organizations supporting job-seekers in Florida who are striving to enter or re-enter the workforce.
Donation highlights include:
- Total Women’s Items Collected: 2,985
- Total Women’s Accessories (Shoes, Handbags, etc.) Collected: 381
- Total Men’s Items Collected: 1,207
- Total Men’s Accessories (Shoes, Ties, etc.) Collected: 223
- Total Items Collected: 4,796
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our state agencies, legislative leaders, neighbors in Leon County and friends across the state who helped us collect so many incredible items of professional wear,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram. “With every item donated, we are providing confidence and support to job-seekers across our state.”
“Uber is proud of our continued partnership with Volunteer Florida in supporting women and men entering the workforce and gaining meaningful employment in their local communities. Thank you to all who participated in the fifth annual Suits for Session Capitol service project and we are sending our best wishes to those about to embark on their career path,” said Uber Senior Public Policy Manager Stephanie Smith.
“America is the land of opportunity and, especially right now in Florida, there are great career prospects in our booming state economy,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody. “Everyone should be able to look and feel their best as they walk into a job interview, and I want anyone who is seeking to better their lives to not be hindered by a lack of professional attire. Suits for Session is a great way for government officials, legislators and other professionals to help. Hopefully these donations will play an important role in helping hardworking Floridians land a job and launch their careers.”
For more information and photos from Suits for Session, please click here.
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.
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.