By: Marissa Weaver, Volunteer Specialist VISTA
The wonderful ladies of Dress for Success have become a recent addition to our volunteer family here at Trinity Cafe. Each time they come, they bring new faces and bring new words of encouragement for our guests.
“They tried to make a real big deal out of my birthday,” said Katie McGill, the Executive Director, about her staff and volunteers. “I announced it this year that what I wanted them to do was give back and to serve here on my birthday.” McGill gave her staff and volunteers three dates to pick from and was astounded at how many people signed up. Those three days have turned into a lot more, especially for the month of January.
This year, Dress for Success is celebrating their 20th anniversary. Their mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life. “We help unemployed women. They go through our program and we help them with resumes, mock interviews, and elevator speech. We work with them for six weeks,” said McGill.
McGill expressed that the reason they chose Trinity Café to volunteer for was because of the “hands-on” approach that we have with the community. “Last year, we volunteered with Metropolitan [Ministries] and I try to find somewhere where they can be hands-on and actually serve. We have three staff. Everyone else is volunteers. So I know the importance of volunteers.”
The ladies of Dress for Success have enjoyed volunteering at Trinity Café so much that they have continuously reached out to our volunteer manager, Nina, for days in which they can be of service. McGill stresses the importance of giving back to the community and urges the ladies that go through her program not to give back to Dress for Success, but to the other needs in their local community.
“I don’t want it to be a one-time thing,” said McGill. “A lot of people look for Christmas Day to serve, but you got to think about all these other days. That’s why I picked somewhere that they can be a part of year-round.”
Hunger does not take a holiday. That is why it is important to have volunteers, such as the lovely ladies of Dress for Success that understand the importance of serving all year round. If you feel inclined to give back to your community, sign up to volunteer at one of our locations. “Humanity begins with a meal”, and Trinity Cafe is defined by its daily demonstration of humanity in action.