Volunteer Lynda Mota, a creative consultant, has been a volunteer at the Dress for Success Manhattan boutique for two years. She got involved after she was moved by a documentary she saw about a prisoner who had spent 40 years behind bars and had to negotiate life upon release. Between jobs, Lynda decided she wanted to give back. A friend suggested Dress for Success.
Lynda was drawn to Dress for Success because she loves helping people and also loves fashion. She felt that the organization was the perfect combination of both. She mostly works in the boutique as a stylist, but occasionally helps with the orientation of new volunteers. She has also worn many other hats, filling in at events, helping with donations and sales.
Lynda’s favorite part of volunteering is the people. She enthusiastically loves working with the clients, insisting that they make her feel as good as she tries to make them feel. She also loves working with the other volunteers and the staff, all of whom she considers great friends.
According to Lynda, “A good day is when I feel like I’ve made a difference in the attitude and mindset of a client. Sometimes people come in, locked in a shell, and when I witness the shell break, I feel extraordinarily grateful that I’m part of the experience.”
A particularly fulfilling moment is when a client comes back after they’ve landed the job and specifically asks to work with her again for her week’s worth of clothing.
Lynda advises other volunteers to have fun and spread joy. “The ladies,” she says, “will always remember how you made them feel.”
To learn how you can volunteer for Dress for Success visit: https://dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/volunteer/