Southwest Florida is home to many non-profits, and a lot of them are looking for volunteers.
One of those non-profits is Dress for Success. They help women who are trying to get a job but don’t have access to the proper clothing.
“We give them interview outfits, which is a complete outfit from head to toe,” Nickole Hendra, Executive Director of Dress for Success, said. “With shoes, jewelry handbag and the outfit and they come back after they get a job for 20 additional pieces. Which really helps set a woman off on their career because who wants to spend their first few paychecks on clothing? It’s expensive.”
There’s a stigma that volunteering is a huge commitment, but sometimes the smallest things go a long way.
“Volunteering is as much or as little that you want to give. Organizations will typically take volunteers that have an hour to donate,” Hendra said. “Clothing to donate in our case. Funding is always needed.”
“By volunteering you step outside of yourself,” Hendra said. “People have a comfort zone and to volunteer you step outside of that. You’re able to meet different people, you can help in many different areas, learn a new skill set. There’s a lot of opportunities in volunteering that people can really grow when they volunteer for organizations.”
Here is a list of other non-profits you can volunteer at in the area:
- Harry Chapin Food Bank
- Valarie’s House
- Food Angels – Collier County
- Kowiachobee Animal Preserve
- Dress for Success
- Boys and Girls Club of Collier County
Additional reporting by Tonie Meyer