From camouflage to business suits... It’s a challenging transition for any service member, but for women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, entering the civilian workforce is even more difficult.
Women veterans face unemployment rates that are generally higher than the average population, many struggle to find affordable childcare and then they face the dreaded wardrobe challenge. They are suddenly forced to replace their military uniforms with entirely new civilian clothing, an expense most cannot afford.
Operation Dress Code helps women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces transition to the civilian workforce by providing them with the professional attire needed to start their new life.
October 1-15, 2018, donations of gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories for women of all sizes are being collected at the locations listed below to support Operation Dress Code. A list of drop-off locations is listed below.
What happens with the donations. A special Dress Code Boutique Day will be offered to over 500 area service women, where they will enjoy a personalized shopping experience that allows them to make selections from the clothing, shoes and accessories donated. They will also get career advice, assistance with their resumes and other skills to empower them to pursue civilian jobs with the confidence they deserve and respect they’ve earned.
On Saturday November 3, collected items will be distributed to women veterans at the Dress Code Boutique, where they will receive a free and personalized shopping experience. If you are a woman who is or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces and you'd like to attend the Dress Code Boutique, please click HERE to register.
DONATION DROP OFF LOCATIONS:
211 San Diego - 3860 Calle Fortunada
Chamber of Commerce El Cajon - 201 S. Magnolia Avenue El Cajon 92020
Copy Cove - 701 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Courage To Call - 9465 Farnham, San Diego, 92123
Helping Paws/Mohnacky Animal Hospital of Escondido - 2250 S. Escondido Blvd., Suite 104, Escondido, CA 92025
Helping Paws/Mohnacky Animal Hospital of Vista - 971 Vale Terrace, Vista, CA 92084
Helping Paws/Mohnacky Animal Hospital of Carlsbad - 2505 S. Vista Way, Carlsbad, CA 92008
iHeart Radio - 9660 Granite Ridge Drive San Diego California 92123
Mental Health Systems MHS - 9465 Farnham San Diego 921213
Oceanside MVRC - 1701 Mission Ave Oceanside 92058
Poway School District - 13626 Twin Peaks Road #100, Poway, CA 92064
SAY San Diego - 3487 Santo Road San Diego, CA 92124
SDSU - 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego 92182
STEP - 9951 Businesspark Ave Suite A, Takeda 10410 Science Center Dr 92121
Vanguard - 2440 Impala Drive Carlsbad 92010
Veterans Museum at Balboa Park - 2115 Park Blvd, San Diego, Ca 92101
Wounded Warriors Homes - 1145 Linda Vista Dr #104, San Marcos, CA 92078
YMCA - 5105 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123