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Clothing

One of the free services we provide to women experiencing disadvantage is a complete personal outfitting and interview preparation service.  This special service is provided at our boutiques located in Melbourne and Parramatta. The supply of clean, quality work-appropriate clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories is critical to the success of our service. Our aim is to dress women in an entire outfit that is professional, suitable for interview and carefully co-ordinated to make clients look and feel good about themselves. We are always particularly in need of small and large sized clothing (66% of the women we dress are at either end of the spectrum, size 6-10 or size 18+).  Please note that donated items do not need to be from expensive labels. They simply need to be clean and interview appropriate.

The ABC of all donations to Fitted for Work...

A – Appropriate for interviews

B – Best Possible Condition

C – Clean

The golden rule is...if you wouldn't wear it to work today, then our clients wouldn't wear it either. Please note that due to health regulations we do not accept underwear. If you would like to make a clothing donation, please review the guidelines below.

Clothing donation guidelines

Accessories

We accept good quality and work-appropriate jewellery. 

We also accept unworn stockings in unopened packages. 

Please note that due to health regulations we do not accept underwear.

Shoes

We accept near new and unworn shoes in all sizes.  They must be business looking, smart, classic shoes - flats, courts, heels or boots. All colours and styles are acceptable as our volunteers are trained to coordinate with our clients’ outfits.

Not suitable: Casual or sports shoes.

Handbags

We accept business looking, smart, classic bags, large enough to carry personal items (phone, wallet and possibly a resume). All colours and styles are acceptable as our volunteers are trained to coordinate with our clients’ outfits.

Not suitable: Evening bags or small clutch bags.

Personal care items

We accept unused and unopened make-up and hygiene products such as shampoo and deodorant. 

Organising a clothing drive

Running a Fitted for Work clothing drive at your place of work or club is a great way to engage your employees and members for a good cause.

As it costs $110 for one women to go through our personal outfitting and interview preparation service, it would be wonderful if you could add a fundraising element to your event - e.g. silent auction, raffle. You could even add a bit of healthy competition to the drive - e.g. ask participants to guess how many items of clothing will be donated overall, $3 a guess or 3 for $5. Alternatively how about a fun trivia game using stats and facts about women in the work force!

Every dollar raised truly does make a difference.

Remember to take some photos of your event as we would love to share them on our facebook page and in other communications to highlight your good work!

At the bottom of this page you will find some useful resources.

Delivering your donations to Fitted for Work

Please note that due to resource constraints we are unable to collect clothing donations. Your donation can be delivered to our Melbourne or Sydney Boutiques during opening hours.  If you have a lot of items to drop off and will require help, please phone us in advance to ensure that we have staff/volunteers available.  Please remember to pack your clothes in small, manageable bundles that aren't too heavy to lift.

Melbourne Boutique: Reception, Ground Floor, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Sydney Boutique: Suites 37 & 38a 70 Phillip Street, Parramatta, NSW 2124

 

On behalf of the team at Fitted for Work and our clients, we thank you very much for your generous donations and support. 

 

Clothing Donation Guidelines

Guidelines for running a clothing drive (PDF 136KB) 
Clothing Drop-off Poster
Handbag Guidelines 
Shoe Guidelines 

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Mission

Since 2005, Fitted for Work has transformed the lives of more than 20,000 women.  As a not-for-profit organisation and the first of our kind in Australia, our mission is to help women experiencing disadvantage get work and keep it. We do this by providing free business clothing at our personal outfitting service and through our range of interview training, mentoring, career resilience and transition to work programs.

Contact Us

Melbourne
contact_addressGF, 210 Lonsdale Street
contact_phone(03) 9662 4289
contact_emailinfo@fittedforwork.org

Sydney
contact_address70 Phillip Street, Parramatta
contact_phone02 9635 9909
contact_emailsydney@fittedforwork.org