Career Wardrobe Selected as Finalist in National Job Raising Challenge

When it comes to previously-owned clothing, our first thought is usually thrift stores and hand-me-downs, not professional attire. But for the past 17 years Philadelphia-based Career Wardrobe has been providing women transitioning into the workforce with the confidence—and clothing—they need to gain employment. In addition to offering internships, job-counseling, and resume writing workshops, Career Wardrobe operates the Wardrobe Boutique, a women’s clothing resale store benefiting the organization and its participants.

In recognition of their efforts, Career Wardrobe has been selected as one of 74 national finalists in the Job Raising Challenge, a crowd-funded competition for innovative job-producing nonprofits to raise money and awareness for their causes. The three groups who raise the most money will be selected as winners and awarded an additional $250,000 by the Skoll Foundation. If selected as a winner, Career Wardrobe has plans to expand its Wardrobe Boutique, reaching new communities and empowering more women—who are disproportionately impacted by unemployment—to find jobs.

Anyone can donate to Career Wardrobe in the Job Raising Challenge, either at their website or on their dedicated Crowdrise page. The contest and donations are open through March 1.

ALEX JACOBS is the Grid intern for spring 2013. He is a junior history major at Haverford College.

Team Sustainable: Career Wardrobe and Wash Cycle Laundry announce partnership

Philadelphia’s own Career Wardrobe and Wash Cycle Laundry have teamed up to make donating gently used women’s business clothing even easier—and greener. 

On Friday, November 18, anyone with women’s clothing to donate can schedule a free pick-up with the sustainable, bike-pick up laundry service.

Donated items and accessories will be delivered to the Career Wardrobe offices to be sorted into either interview-appropriate clothing for clients or ensembles to be sold at The Wardrobe Boutique, where ALL proceeds benefit the nonprofit. Career Wardrobe will provide donors with a tax receipt for their contributions. Any new Wash Cycle customers who sign up from the November 18 event will receive a 25 percent discount on their first use of the laundry service.

While Friday is the only day offering free services to anyone, the partnership will continue, allowing Wash Cycle Laundry customers to donate directly to Career Wardrobe when their laundry is picked up. The laundry service will even provide garment and accessory bags for delivery to Career Wardrobe’s office. 

If you do your own laundry, rather than send it out, donations can be made to Career Wardrobe at their office (12th and Chestnut Sts.), The Wardrobe Boutique (19th and Spring Garden Sts.), and their two new drop-off locations: Susquehanna Bank (1845 Walnut St.) and The Residences at Dockside (717 South Columbus Blvd.)

To schedule a free pickup on November 18, visit the Wash Cycle Laundry website

- Anna Louise Neiger