Computer science department helps women Dress for Success

Marshall University’s Computer Science department is currently running a clothing drive that will run until Friday.

Dress for Success takes any type of clothing for women but specifically business clothing that can help disadvantaged women in their search for a job. After referral, partners screen candidates’ finances. Candidates can get clothes for just applying for jobs. If a candidate gets an interview, Dress for Success gives them a full suit and any accessories they may need. 

Dress for Success also partners with Hire Attire, a clothing program for men run by Goodwill. The student chapter of Dress for Success also has a referral partner that will do the same for any Marshall University student who needs help in their job hunt. The chapter helps with presentations, interviews, resumes and more. Chapter president Marie-Michael Eberbaugh said she is hopeful the new program can expand and cover men’s clothing on campus, but said if not, there is a good possibility they will partner with Goodwill.

“We are extremely new, we don’t have many volunteers yet so we are always looking for people wanting to help,” Ederbaugh said.

To get the word out on its campus opening, the chapter is planning on doing a sale the first week of April that will include clothes that may not be “business oriented”.

Eberbaugh went in to detail about the sale. “ We sell a bag that costs $10 and then let the donors fill their bag with the clothes of their choosing, all the money goes to the boutique and it helps us get rid of overstock,” Ederbaugh said.

The campus chapter also helps students get internships in a variety of fields.

“We really try to help give anyone coming in the experience they need to go out and give themselves the best chance to get whatever job or internship that they may be applying for,” Ederbaugh said.

Clothes can be donated to the Dress for Success Boutique located on 4th Avenue between 20th Street and Hal Greer Boulevard. Interested volunteers can contact the boutique or the Dress for Success Facebook page.

Troy Alexander can be contacted at [email protected]