The time that I have spent at Career Gear volunteering has taught me a valuable lesson. I have learned that it is better to give then to receive. Giving in my opinion shows a persons character, maturity, and humility. I am highly honored and privileged to have shared my time and service with your organization. I will also be highly honored to volunteer again in my spare time. This organization is providing a wonderful opportunity to help men of all backgrounds advance themselves in their lives and in their careers.
Troy M., Career Gear Volunteer
Career Gear relies on a dedicated group of volunteers to fulfill our mission. There are many ways to help. Here are some options, both short and long term:
Mentor a Career Gear Participant
Career Gear launched the MAST Mentoring Program in 2010. It has been a huge success and our mentors and mentees are mutually benefitting from the experience. The partnerships are engaged for a 24-week period meeting every other week for at least an hour. Specific tasks have been designed to help participants overcome various obstacles, which we have identified. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in serving as a mentor.
Hold a suit drive
Support Career Gear by encouraging your office or community organization to donate business and professional attire and accessories that they no longer wear. For instructions on how to host a suit drive, click here.
Plan a small fundraiser for Career Gear
Every little bit of funding counts! Hold a small cocktail party, dinner party, fashion event or lecture and collect proceeds to benefit Career Gear. Contact Gary Field for suggestions. You may contact Gary by clicking here.
Lead a Professional Development Series Workshop
Are you knowledgeable in career advancement techniques, health awareness, fatherhood skills or some other field that would serve our clients? Come and teach what you know. Share your knowledge, network and meet our wonderful PDS participants. For more information on our workshops and for an application, please contact Stephanie Stroh, Director of Programs, by clicking here.
Career Gear regularly receives clothing donations from corporations, suit drives and individuals. We need help sorting through the donations and hanging clothing in our boutique. Bring your organizational skills, a friend or two, and you will quickly fill up our boutique. For more information please contact Chris Straub, Program Manager, by clicking here.
Assist in suiting clients
Welcome and greet clients coming to Career Gear for the first time. Provide our clients with a friendly face while they fill out forms before being suited, then assist in finding the perfect outfit for their interview. Make sure to give last minute interview tips to instill further confidence. For more information, please contact Chris Straub by clicking here.
Connect us to your contacts
Are you connected with anyone in the retail industry that can help us out? We are always in need of new in-kind donations and corporate sponsors. Share your connection with us, and arrange for your contact to have a site visit or lunch with us. If you’re interested, please contact our Executive Director, Gary Field, by clicking here.
Serve on our board
Career Gear is in need of new devoted and committed board members. Are you interested in the governance of nonprofits and committed to making a difference long-term? Please reach out to our Executive Director for more information. You can reach Gary at email@example.com.