TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Volunteer Florida announced that the ninth annual Suits for Session service project resulted in the collection of 3,023 items equaling 2,705 pounds of professional attire.

The clothing will be donated to CareerSource Tampa BayFSU ProfessioNole Clothing Closet, and SailFuture– organizations supporting Florida job-seekers striving to enter or re-enter the workforce.

Donation highlights include:

  • Total Women’s Clothing and Accessories Collected: 1,903
  • Total Women’s Suits: 65
  • Total Men’s Clothing and Accessories Collected: 1,106
  • Total Men’s Suits: 127
  • Total Items Collected: 3,023
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our state agencies, legislative leaders, and friends across the state who helped us collect so many incredible items of professional wear,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Josie Tamayo. “With every item donated, we are providing confidence and support to job-seekers across our state.”“We are very excited for Volunteer Florida for selecting our ProfessioNole Clothing Closet as a Suits for Session recipient again,” said Interim Director of the Florida State University Career Center Leslie Mille. “The ProfessioNole Clothing Closet operates exclusively on a donation basis, providing students access to free business professional and elevated business casual clothing. The Suits for Session donation will impact hundreds of our students, helping to set them up for success as they participate in career fairs, interviews, conferences, internships, job searches, and more!”“The SailFuture Academy exists to bridge the gap between high school and the real world for some of our state’s most at-promise students,” said SailFuture CEO Michael Long. “Professional attire is necessary for our students 11th and 12th grade work study placements and we couldn’t be more grateful for Volunteer Florida including us this year to stock our clothing closet. Thank you to everyone who participated!”


For more information, photos from Suits for Session, and contacts for donating to recipient organizations directly, please click here.


About Volunteer FloridaVolunteer Florida, established in Florida Statutes in 1994, manages national service programs and advocates for volunteerism throughout the Sunshine State. Volunteer Florida has evolved to also serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, including managing the Florida Disaster Fund. Volunteer Florida remains committed to promoting volunteerism in Florida and, to that end, manages the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect. Volunteer Florida delivers high-impact volunteer programs and opportunities that engage Floridians, transform communities and make the state a better place to live. For more information, please visit www.volunteerflorida.org.