26 March 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — A suit cleared out of one person's closet during spring-cleaning could help another person obtain a job.
Indiana University Kokomo's Enactus student organization is collecting suits and other business-appropriate clothing, along with shoes and accessories, to help women at the Family Service Association's domestic violence shelter.
"Many of the women had to leave behind their possessions when they came to the shelter," said Enactus member Jacob Faust. "Not having the clothes to wear to an interview or to work is a barrier to finding a job to support themselves and their children. We want to remove that barrier, so they can become self-sufficient."
Students will have collection boxes in the Kelley Student Center Commons, Alumni Hall, and in the library through April 12. They will take the donated clothing to the shelter, which provides housing and other services to women seeking safety from violence.
Enactus members also volunteer at the shelter, teaching the residents skills such as how to create a resumé and how to build a household budget.
Faust said any clothing not used right away would be kept for future shelter residents.
"We encourage our campus and community to check in your closets and see if you have anything you can give," he said. "Even a small donation makes a big difference, when it can help someone take care of herself and her family."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.