“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, 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
Partnerships are engaged for a 6-month period meeting every other week for one hour. Specific tasks have been designed to help participants overcome various obstacles, which we have identified. Please reach out to the Director of MAST Jose Martinez at [email protected], if you are interested in serving as a mentor.
Hold a suit drive
Support Career Gear by encouraging your organization to donate business and professional attire. For instructions on hosting a suit drive please contact Chris Straub at [email protected].
Plan a small fundraiser for Career Gear
Every 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.
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. For more information on our workshops and for an application, please contact Chris Straub, Senior Program Manager, 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 on individual and group opportunities, please contact Norris Cannon by clicking here.
Assist in suiting clients
Welcome and greet clients coming to Career Gear for the first time. Assist our clients through the intake process and help them find the perfect outfit for their interview. To request a volunteer application, 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. Please contact our Executive Director, Gary Field, by clicking here.
Serve on our board
Career Gear is always 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 protected].
All volunteers are required to attend our New Volunteer Orientation. Contact [email protected] to learn more.