PLATTSBURGH — The Career Development Center and Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY Plattsburgh is holding a professional-clothing drive from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15, at the College Store parking lot, Rugar Street.
Clothing will stock the closet housed in the EOP office space in the bottom floor of Macomb Hall, adjacent to the College Store.
Organizers are looking for gently used or new professional clothing that would be made available to students in need of professional attire for interviews, internships and jobs.
“We have many students who struggle financially,” Career Development Director Tobi Hay said in a news release. "They do not have money to buy new clothes for job or internship interviews.
“By having a closet, we are giving them a chance to be dressed appropriately for interviews that they otherwise would have to forgo or risk being underdressed.”
Hay said the closet doors opened this past academic year, and although a professional clothing drive was held previously, it was aimed specifically at alumni.
“We have had several students use it this year, and our career-clothing inventory is low, so we are looking forward to the drive,” she said.
Clothing is free for students’ use and is theirs to keep if they want, Hay said.
Items needed include suits, jackets, dress shirts, blouses, dress pants, skirts, dresses, belts, ties, dress shoes, scarves, purses and accessories, all in a variety of sizes and in good, clean condition, folded in boxes or bags.
Although this drive is aimed at career clothing, the closet also makes everyday clothing available to students.
They can access the clothes anytime that the EOP offices are open, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer, Hay said.