Davis, CA 95616
Fax: (530) 758-8521
STEAC's Suit Up for Success Program Needs Clothing Donations
With the economy recovering and people looking for jobs, the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee’s Suit Up for Success Program is experiencing a greater demand than ever for its service, and needs the public's help to support this program.
Designed to help low-income job seekers obtain work attire for interviews, program "graduates" receive professional clothing, and newfound self-esteem to make their job quest a success.
On average, 70 percent of these graduates land a job. "When I'm able to help someone through this program, I feel that I have really made a difference in someone's life," said Katy Zane, associate director of STEAC.
The beauty of the program is it can be virtually self-funding through clothing donations made to All Things Right and Relevant (R&R) Thrift and Consignment store, which is where clients meet a STEAC 'personal shopper' volunteer to assist in the clothing selection.
The way it works is people can take gently used clothing to R&R and ask that it be put on consignment for STEAC. Proceeds from the sale of the donated items fund a STEAC account at R&R which pays for clothing selected by Suit Up participants.
Clothing can be for men or women, formal or informal, and must be clean, wrinkle free and seasonal (winter only). Consignment drop off times are 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at R&R, 2801 Spafford St. (5th & Pena) in Davis.
Consignment forms and more information can be downloaded at www.rrconsignments.org. "Knowing you can help someone find a job is a great incentive to clean out your closet," Zane said, adding that it turns the task into a labor of love.
STEAC is also needs volunteers who can spend 1-2 hours a week as a personal shopper, helping someone “Suit Up” for a successful interview. Contact the STEAC office at 758-8435, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.
FOOD CLOSET NEEDS
STEAC's food closet relies on donations from drives conducted by supporters, schools, service clubs, churches, police and other public agencies and more.
Supporters of the closet have been most generous in their canned food drives, but some things just don't get donated.
As a result, the closet is usually in need of cooking oil, diapers and shampoo and other toiletries. The closet can always use more of these.
Call the STEAC office at 530-758-8435 to receive information on how to donate these and other goods.
COMMERCIAL VAN DONATION NO LONGER NEEDED
Thanks to the generosity of Hans and Christina Standgaard and family of Davis, STEAC has a van for transporting food.
The van is an oldie but goodie -- a 1998 Dodge Caravan actually -- and has lots of miles on it, but with plenty of life left to pick up food from neighborhood drives in Davis.
Currently, STEAC's volunteers use their own vehicles or a large panel truck to pick up and transport food from neighboorhoods, churches, school and other sites as part of drives.
The large truck is used to transport food from donated warehouse space in Dixon to the food closet near downtown Davis. Special thanks to Davis Waste Removal for donating the van to STEAC and to the owners of Ron Dupratt Ford in Dixon for donating the warehouse space.