Notre Dame College Calls for Clothing Donations to Launch Innovative Career Closet Pop-up Shop

Notre Dame College is seeking donations of new and gently used business attire to help outfit students for job interviews and related professional events.

The College will launch its campus Career Closet in spring 2018 and now is accepting gifts of new or gently used professional clothing, particularly blazers, shirts, blouses, skirts and pants for men and women. Ties, belts, shoes and gift cards or contributions for laundering and tailoring also are welcome. Spring and summer as well as fall and winter items in all adult sizes are needed.

Notre Dame will commence the service as a Career Closet Pop-up Shop to make it more convenient and accessible to all students. Clothing racks will travel and be available at different times and various sites on campus periodically throughout the school year. The shop will debut spring semester 2018 in the foyer of the Administration Building from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays January 17, February 14, March 14 and April 18.

The College also is calling for faculty, staff, alumni and community volunteers to be available to assist students in selecting items during open shop days on campus. Volunteers also are needed to help sort, stock and inventory clothing and accessory contributions on an ongoing, on-call basis.

Dressing for success on a student budget can be challenging, especially when students need business attire for more than just seeking employment upon graduation, according to Elizabeth Presley, M.Ed., Notre Dame Career Services Center career coach, who is leading the Career Closet project. Throughout their college careers, students require professional clothing for internship interviews, networking events, career fairs, job shadowing, and a myriad of other professional experiences, including conference attendance and graduate school admissions visits.

At Notre Dame, all students earning Bachelor of Arts degrees are required to complete an internship prior to graduation. In addition, 99 percent of students at the College receive financial aid and about half are from low-income households.

Attire from the Career Closet is free to all enrolled at the College regardless of grade level and financial aid status. Students are allowed to keep all clothing but are asked to pick out no more than three outfits per semester or season to ensure others have the opportunity to shop. Availability of sizes and options depends on donations. Items are available on a first-come, first-served basis on open shop days.

Students will be notified about the Career Closet hours and locations prior to open shop days via email, flyers and related outreach, including personal invitations from students wearing the donated clothes. The outreach to students by students not only will help showcase the quality of the free attire but also help relieve any potential stigma attached to the benefit of sharing in second-hand clothes, according to Laurel G. Kaiser, MSW, LISW-S, director of the First Generation Center at Notre Dame, who is co-leading the Career Closet project.

The Notre Dame Career Closet Pop-up Shop is unable to accept donations of undergarments, youth sizes or clothing items that are damaged or outdated. All clothing must be freshly laundered or dry- cleaned and without stains, tears, rips, missing buttons or broken zippers. Anything that is deemed unsuitable for student use will be donated to other local nonprofit organizations.

Donations can be dropped off at the Career Services Center on the second floor of the Clara Fritzsche Library Building on the Notre Dame campus. Those interested in volunteering with the Notre Dame Career Closet can contact Presley or Kaiser at epresley@ndc.edu or lgreenekaiser@ndc.edu, respectively.

Updated January 2018
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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.

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