Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Reward Volunteers.
The world feels like a pretty scary place right now. But I believe that “action is the antidote to despair” (Joan Baez), and making small changes close to home is one of the best ways to create global change. There are so many ways to volunteer our time, skills, and passion to have a meaningful impact toward making the world a better place.
I’ve been fortunate to work with Career Wardrobe since 2005, one of the nation’s largest independent organizations empowering women and men transitioning to work with professional clothing, job search support, and professional development. Over its 21-year history, Career Wardrobe has empowered more than 80,000 individuals struggling with poverty, violence, or incarceration on their journeys to employment and independence.
Career Wardrobe is a true “full circle” organization offering so many ways to help make a difference. They accept clothing donations to help outfit people reentering the workforce, and also offer a full resale store of fashionable secondhand clothing where all proceeds benefit the nonprofit. In addition to donating or even just shopping, volunteers can help organize clothing drives, sort donations, help outfit clients on site, or help with education programs like resume review and mock interviews. The organization continues to grow with additional opportunities to help meet the needs of the community it serves.
The easiest way to support the organization is by providing new or gently-used clothing that meets their guidelines. And while you’re there, don’t miss the selection of second-hand fashion and accessories priced for a steal. I got this Calvin Klein maxi dress for $20 and wear it constantly.
Of course, volunteering is reward enough, but it doesn’t hurt to be eligible for a few perks. Reward Volunteers is a free volunteer management system that allows you to track the time you spend volunteering at non-profit organizations in your community and even earn rewards in cash or prizes for your contributions. The best part – organizations you serve have the opportunity to win rewards as well!
Organizations also benefit when they register to be a Reward Volunteers organization and their volunteers log their hours. With Reward Volunteers, you can support volunteer efforts, inspire friends to get involved, and bring well-earned recognition to hard working volunteers and non-profit organizations throughout the country. So why not add a bit of icing to the community cake and empower friends to join you as volunteer superheroes!