Students Thrift at Drew with Dress for Success

February 15, 2020

This week, Dress for Success Northern New Jersey brought thrifting to Drew University. On Wednesday and Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., students were able to browse men’s and women’s professional clothing and pick out outfits for super low prices, starting at $2. 


Joy Kalua (’21) said, “I love thrifting and I was excited to check this out and see what they had.” 


But what is Dress for Success? They are a non-profit organization with the mission to empower women in achieving economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and professional development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To accomplish this, they provide women with professional clothing, free of cost, and give them the opportunity to attend professional development workshops that will get them ready for the workplace. Pop-up sales like the one held at Drew and the ones they hold at their offices contribute to their mission because the non-profit is able to sell their excess clothing and use that money to help bring more services to their clients.



Rebecca Campbell, the Coordinator of Consignment and Outreach for Dress for Success Northern New Jersey, has been volunteering there for the past 19 years. She said that this was not the first time that DFS has come to visit Drew, they actually had another sale over winter break. She is hopeful they will have another sale sometime in the future. 


“We have strong connections with the Changebuilders program and the Civic Scholars, but we’d love to see how this goes and keep this connection growing” said Campbell. 


If this sale goes well, Dress for Success would be very interested in coming back to Drew for another thrifting event.


The event was also staffed by some Drew students, some of which are currently interning at Dress for Success. “They have such a large impact on women’s lives,” Civic Scholar Kayla Anthony (’23) said. These student volunteers were a great help for everyone, both by setting up the pop-up sale and helping people to find exactly what they needed.



Although Drew already has volunteers working at DFS, the organization is always looking for more people to volunteer. “There are so many ways to get involved,” Campbell said. The organization always needs volunteers to help with work in their office at the  Madison Community House. Alongside volunteering time at a Donation Day on select Friday mornings, Dress for Success is also looking for people to spread the word about their organization. If you wish to get involved, contact them on their social media pages: @dfsnorthernnj on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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