T-shirts, shorts, sandals and socks. For some, purchasing these items is not a questionable decision. But for others, it is a hard choice to make.
An Easy Decision
When people have a limited income, it’s tough to stretch that dollar. One way they can make their money last longer is by cutting back on certain household needs when there is help in the community. One of those needs is free clothing, which is what the clothing center at the Community Action Coalition of South Central WI, Inc. (CAC) provides.
The opportunity to help was presented through United Way’s Business Volunteer Network, a local resource that helps companies build stronger volunteer efforts. For Globe University-Madison West, holding a clothing drive and volunteering fit perfectly with our “We Care” initiative.
Throughout the month of June, students, faculty and staff donated gently used spring and summer clothing and shoes. As each week passed, bags began to accumulate in a cubicle, resulting in more than 20 bags of clothing collected. In fact, the donations barely fit in the trunk of my Rav4 when we headed off to CAC to volunteer.
How We Cared
Natalie Busse, career services coordinator, Brittanie Dempsey, financial aid manager and myself first met Patrick Doyle, coordinator of community relations at CAC. Patrick took us on a brief tour of their facility and shared with us how they serve our community.
Just one of the many services provided by CAC is their clothing center, which serves more than 9,000 low-income individuals and families each year. The Center provides seasonally appropriate clothing for school, work, home, as well as job interviews. Generous donations from the community provide all the clothing at the center. It was our job that afternoon to sort and hang all of our clothing and additional donations.
“A big thanks to Globe University,” Patrick said. “First, you brought your own clothing, so that’s great. You also volunteered your time to prepare them to go out to the public, and that was an awesome help.”
Natalie said, “It is nice to be a part of a company that cares about its community and the members in it. While sorting through our donated clothes, it was nice to know they were going to people who really needed it.”
The work we did was effortless, but the results will carry to many people in need. Extending our “We Care” hand was a positive experience and we hope to do it again.
Looking to boost your company’s volunteer efforts? Connect with The United Ways Business Volunteer Network today. Community Action Coalition of South Central WI, Inc. is always looking for donations and volunteers. Contact them today.