Career Services Clothing Drive Helps Women in Need

The season of giving is off to an early start thanks to the Ursinus Career Services Office. Colleagues organized a donation drive that resulted in hundreds of items that will go directly to help disadvantaged women hoping to get their careers — and lives — on track.  

Career Services Wings for Success Drive

Ursinus student Elliot Like 2015 helps Director Carla Rinde and Office Coordinator Nancy Reilly load donations for Wings for Success.

Career Services partnered with Wings for Success, a local non-profit that provides work-appropriate attire, wardrobe guidance and life skills workshops to women who are changing their lives and finding courage to move forward as survivors of domestic violence, crime, homelessness and addiction.

“Our work also involves helping individuals develop and manage their careers,” says Carla Rinde, director of the Career Services Center. “Whether deciding on a major or career, exploring employment and graduate school options, or searching for jobs and internships, we hope to ease a student’s transition from college to the workplace.”

Partnering with Wings for Success was one way the staff could make a difference beyond the college community. “With our work focusing exclusively on assisting members of the Ursinus community, we felt this was one way we could extend our reach beyond campus,” says Rinde. “Our faculty, staff and students responded in force and we collected all the items requested, including donations of gently used business dress shoes, handbags, scarves, belts, socks, pantyhose and jewelry.”

Ten bags were delivered to the Wings for Success Malvern office in November.