Help Provide Business Attire for Students
The Center for Career Education encourages all students to look and feel successful in their pursuit of a job or internship regardless of their financial circumstances, but purchasing a suit, blouse/shirt, accessories, and shoes can be cost prohibitive for some students.
Since opening the Clothing Closet in 2008, Columbia University students have been able to borrow business suits and accessories, free of charge, for the purpose of attending an interview, career fair or professional networking event.
Eight years later, the 14 suits in our inventory have been used hundreds of times and many are showing signs of wear.
With only 14 suits available for borrowing among the thousands of students we serve each year, we are seeking $15,000 to:
- Replace the 14 damaged and worn suits in our current inventory
- Add 8 new suits to our inventory The Clothing Closet has one or two suits in each size. Additional suits in often requested sizes would enable us to better serve students during busy times such as campus career fairs and recruiting season.
- Convert a supply closet next to the Clothing Closet into a small dressing room with a mirror, bench and set of lockers. Currently, students change in our restrooms which are small and without secure storage for student’s belongings. It would greatly enhance the experience for students if they had a place to change and safely store their belongings during their interviews.
- Have the suits dry cleaned and maintained for one year
How can I help?
Make a gift and help the Center for Career Education raise $15,000 for the Clothing Closet. As more students struggle to finance the increasing cost of higher education, many can benefit from the loan of a business suit for recruiting events and interviews. Being able to borrow professional attire allows students to look, and perform, their best when on interviews and at recruiting events.
How will I know my contribution made a difference?
You'll receive an update from a student who borrowed a business suit from the Clothing Closet and learn how it helped them achieve their career goals.