In 2004, Soroptimist Raleigh started a Professional Clothing Closet to assist women in need who were searching for a job. This service provided these women with interview outfits and, once they were hired, one week’s worth of business appropriate attire in a store-like environment at no cost.s. In 2009, this operation was merged with Dress for Success Triangle to form the DFS Raleigh Boutique. Raleigh Soroptimists continue to volunteer as Image and Career Coaches, as well as in other roles as needed.
At their March 2015 meeting, Raleigh Soroptimists presented Dress for Success Triangle with 275 personal care kits valued at $1,000. These will be given to Wake County women who are seeking employment. Each kit provides toiletry essentials for women to make a positive, professional impression during their job interviews.
Since the holidays in 2000 we have been Christmas Angels, partnering with a variety of non-profit groups to provide gifts from children’s wish lists. These groups, which are related to our service programs, provide first name, gender, age and wishes for the children with whom they work. In 2018 we gave gift cards to the ladies of the Wake County Women’s Center so they could purchase gifts for their children to help make their holiday a little merrier. Our 2019 project was to donate gifts to the children of the Read and Feed program whose mission it is to strengthen literacy skills among under-served elementary school children and provide meals in a nurturing neighborhood environment.
This is a beautiful time of year and an exciting and heartwarming time for us. We enjoy giving as much as the families enjoy being able to fulfill the wish lists of their children.
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