Future Business Leaders of America Students at Montville Township High School Donate Business Attire to Dress for Success
The Professional Attire Will Support Low-Income Women with the Job Search and Interview Process
A growing pile of stylish clothing rested on top of a box at the entrance of Montville Township High School. Students from the MTHS Future Business Leaders of America waited at a table just inside the school’s doors. Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, gusts of cold air filled the hallway as donors swung open the doors and FBLA volunteers leapt into action. The students were not collecting just any ordinary clothing – they were collecting professional attire for an organization known as Dress for Success.
Over 100 pieces of clothing for Dress for Success were collected by MTHS FBLA during the four and a half hour drive.
Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that provides professional attire for low-income women to help support their job-search and interview process. There are over 12,000 volunteers throughout the world contributing to the organization’s mission. The organization helps over 1 million women around the world.
The December clothing drive was the MTHS FBLA’s end of year collection. It marked the first time the club had supported Dress for Success.
MTHS FBLA has 90 members. Fourteen volunteered during the 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. collection time on Monday, December 10, 2018. Others helped prepare in advance.
“Daniel Kastin, an MTHS junior, and the school’s FBLA Community Service Vice President, coordinated the event,” said club advisor Rebecca Sheehan. “Daniel reached out to Dress for Success, the FBLA membership and leadership, Principal Douglas Sanford and the Montville Township Board of Education to secure permission and coordinate all the details including scheduling and promotion.”
Sheehan noted that Kastin also had to coordinate drop off of the items collected to the Dress for Success warehouse.
“Not only my planning and organization, but also the work put in by the other officers, led to the event being an overall success,” Kastin said. “This is something that should be an annual occurrence.”
“MTHS FBLA is always looking for ways to serve the Montville Community as well as the betterment of any individual looking to succeed in business,” Sheehan said. “Dress for Success works well with FBLA's initiatives.”
Sheehan and Daniel Carey are co-advisors to the MTHS FBLA club. They worked together with the students as members of the Montville community arrived with professional clothing donations.
“I think this event was a great way to bring the community together for a benevolent cause,” said FBLA Public Relations Officer Jenny Sun.
“The event signified how a simple action of people donating their own professional clothes can go a long way for women in need for these items,” added Membership Vice President Avereen Chahal.
The Montville Future Business Leaders of America club supports various organizations, such as March of Dimes. With this event, Dress for Success is now another important cause that the club has successfully supported.
“Thanks to the contributions of the entire community, the MTHS FBLA chapter collected over 100 pieces of clothing for the Dress for Success organization,” Sheehan added. “MTHS FBLA students have long been praised for their impact on their community, and this year’s Dress for Success drive was no exception.”
“I was amazed at how many people went out of their way to support this cause,” FBLA Parliamentarian Christine Sun remarked. “It really demonstrates the strength of our community.”
“The mere thought of helping out women around the world with obtaining professional clothing became a hallmark for contributing for the greater good,” Kastin said. “In the end, this would have been impossible without the hard work of the Montville FBLA chapter and generosity of the local community.”