'HM' Volunteers at Dress for Success13 Nov, 2012 By: Angelique Flores
Home Media Magazine staff members spent the day lending a hand at Dress for Success in Hollywood Nov. 13.
The team volunteered their time sorting donated clothing at the nonprofit agency, which promotes economic independence for disadvantaged women. The organization helps provide professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women succeed in the workplace.
The volunteering came in conjunction with this week’s publication of HM’s Women in Home Entertainment issue, which honors female executives in the home entertainment industry.
“Too often we give money to a charity, and that's it," said publisher and editorial director Thomas K. Arnold. "Our staff decided that it would be far more meaningful for us if, in addition to the money, we also spent some time with the Dress for Success volunteers, actually working alongside them to better understand and appreciate what they do on behalf of disadvantaged women."
HM also made a donation of $1,500 to the organization, an amount that allows three women to participate in all Dress for Success services — Suiting Program, Career Center, Professional Women’s Group and more — for one full year.
Dress for Success benefits women in the Los Angeles area, and 100% of the funding for programs and services comes from individuals, corporations, foundations and special events.
“We cannot do what we do without volunteers,” said Nellie Kim, senior development manager for Dress for Success. “We need the support to serve the volume of clients that we see.”
Since the group opened its doors in 2009, it has served more than 2,500 women.
To learn about the organization or to make a donation, visit their website, www.DressForSuccess.org.
(L-R): HM’s Julie Savant, Stephanie Prange, Thomas K. Arnold, John Boezinger, Angelique Flores and Melbert Sebayan with Dress for Success’ Nellie Kim, HM’s Chris Tribbey and Ashley Ratcliff, and Dress for Success’ Adriana Zyskowski at the Dress for Success office in Hollywood Nov. 13.