“Suit Up & Succed” equals Businesses Giving Back

(Left to Right) Pastor Thomas Cletus of United Church of International Praise, Carmela Schiano of Total Drama/Life Coach, Irena Popilevsky of Realestatesiny.com, Angela D'Aiuto of WBCLDC, Aces Student Helen, Amy Lavelle of NYCID, Claire Guadagno of HandPicked Creations.

A new initiative by West Brighton Community LDC (WBCLDC) provides the resources for unemployed and under employed Staten Island young adults, men and women to succeed in the workplace. With the support of local businesses and volunteers, such as HandPicked Creations , Victory State Bank, United Church of International Praise Ministries and WBCLDC’s Women’s Business Conference Committee, suits and business attire are provided to unemployed young adults, men and women, in need.

The Suit Up and Succeed program of WBCLDC, partners with Staten Island organizations, such as , NY Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID), Career Coaches/Mckee H.S., Nurse Family  and S.I. Court Innovation, that assist unemployed and under-employed youth and adults with obtaining career skills and employment.

 The Suit Up & Succeed program is a result of Staten Island small business owners and the WBCLDC, joining forces to fill a need. Seeing a need for resources, members of WBCLDC’s annual Business Woman conference, were tapped to host suit drives and donations.  With a dedicated group of approximately 15 business owners, men and women, the Women’s Business Conference committee, has shown support by donating hundreds of volunteer hours to this effort. Several suit drives were held with the first major donation from Claire Guadagno owner of HandPicked Creations, New Dorp.

Victory State Bank sponsored a two month suit drive at all five branches on Staten Island and will sponsor additional suits drives. Previously, students from the Mckee High School Career Coaching program were provided business attire with the aid of WBCLDC’s volunteers and Career Coach volunteers, Carol DiMarco of Blue Label Designs and Valerie Contrino of Contrino Travel.Carol and Valerie have been Career Coaches with McKee for the last 3 years.

WBCLDC organized the recent Suit Up and Succeed event with United Church of International Praise Ministries. Read More in the S.I. Advance.  United Church of International Praise Ministries has donated a wardrobe space for the Suit Up & Succeed Program, which is based in Stapleton. They run an after school program and thrift shop, including distributing clothing to low income families and individuals at no cost. Volunteer, Deacon Roberts, is featured assisting a Suit Up and Succeed client at our recent fitting.  Read more.

The Suit Up and Succeed Program was also recently featured on NY1.

Donate a suit, business attire, shoes and handbags by calling us at 718-816-4775 and email us at info@WestBrightonLDC.com. Contact us if you or your business is interested in organizing a suit drive, hosting a Suit Up workshop for clients and/or volunteering to assist us with our next Suit Up Program “fitting”. All donations are tax deductible.


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