DFS: What drew you to Dress for Success and why did you want to be part of the organization?
KS: As a news producer, I had covered stories about Dress for Success and was impressed by what I had learned about the organization, I wanted to be part of its purposeful work. Additionally, I felt as though perhaps my experience could be of value. In my career, I have prepared hundreds of people for live TV interviews. I had hoped my expertise in helping people deliver confidently and effectively on camera could be of use to Dress for Success clients preparing for job interviews.
DFS: Can you describe the specific volunteer work you do at DFS?
KS: I work in the boutique both suiting clients and prepping them for job interviews.
DFS: Tell us a story of a client you served that stands out in your mind and that you are especially proud of? How did she impact you?
KS: The very first woman I served stands out because it was such a powerful experience. This client was particularly self-conscious when she walked in the door. She was uncomfortable with her body, and doubted her ability. As we worked through the Dress for Success process, I was struck by her physical and mental transformation. By the time she left, she literally stood taller and spoke with more confidence. Helping to give her the tools she needed to succeed was such an empowering experience. From that moment on, I was hooked!
DFS: What is the best part of being associated with DFS?
KS: One of the best things about being associated with Dress for Success is just how proud I feel to be a part of something so meaningful. I love having the opportunity to speak with friends, family and even strangers, as the case may be, outside of the organization about Dress for Success. It’s an honor to be able to promote the work that we’re doing.
DFS: Do you feel you are making an impact by volunteering at DFS? How?
KS: Absolutely. I believe everyone associated with Dress for Success has an impact on one another. It’s evident in the culture of gratitude within the organization. The clients are grateful for the support, the staff is grateful for the volunteers and the volunteers are grateful to be able to help. It’s a circle of appreciation that goes around and around. The best part about it is that that positivity extends beyond Dress for Success into all aspects of one’s life.
DFS: What is your best advice to give to other volunteers?
KS: Not sure that I have any advice to offer, as each week I still feel like I’m learning. However, I can say that when the boutique is particularly busy, it’s hard not to get caught up in the nitty-gritty. Every so often I have to remind myself to take a step back. And it’s in those moments that I’m able to be truly thankful for the Dress for Success experience.