Providing professional clothing, a network of support, and career development tools to empower women to succeed.
Dress for Success Nashville is the local affiliate of the beloved, worldwide organization that helps women thrive in work and life. We transition women to self-sufficiency by providing professional clothing, a network of support, and career development tools. This suite of services supports their professional lives, so clients find and keep their jobs, build thriving careers, and prosper in the workplace. Dress for Success equips women with more than just the clothes they need to find a job. It gives them confidence to succeed.
To support this empowering program with a monetary donation, please click on the button below.
To support by making a donation of clothing, please scroll down.
While our office remains closed during this global health crisis, we remain committed to serving our community partners and clients via virtual suiting and career readiness services. If you wish to donate career wear to our program, please scroll down to see details about that process. Our staff is available by email or phone (615-983-5153). Follow us on social media (@dfsnashville) for news and announcements. Please reach out to us today so we can assist you.
Our suiting program provides clients with one professional suit and accessories to prepare her for a job interview. After she secures employment, the client is invited back for an employment suiting which will provide her with additional professional clothing to mix-and-match for a week’s worth of outfits. Potential Dress for Success Nashville clients MUST be working with an approved referral partner. Current referral partners include:
American Job Center
Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc
Centerstone Career Connect
End Slavery Tennessee
Family & Children’s Services
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee
Gra-Mar Middle Prep
Jean Crowe Advocacy Center
Martha O’Bryan Center
Mary Parrish Center
Metro Social Services
Metropolitan Action Commission
Nashville Rescue Mission
National Council on Aging
New Beginnings Center
Operation Stand Down
Progressive Directions, Inc.
Rest Stop Ministries
South Nashville Family Resource Center
State of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry
Tennessee State University
TN Zero Family Resources
Urban Housing Solutions
Urban League of Middle Tennessee
YWCA Family Literacy Center
YWCA Weaver Domestic Violence Center
J'lene, Dress for Success Client via Wounded Warrior Project
How You Can Help
Gift Cards – We welcome donations of gift cards ($25-$50) to stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Walmart, Target, and Soma, so our clients can purchase whatever we’re unable to provide to complete their wardrobe. We also use Uber & Lyft gift cards to provide our clients who face transportation challenges with rides to and from their suitings.
We welcome donations – by appointment only – of new or gently used women’s career wear (including scrubs), jewelry, shoes, purses, and belts. Donated clothing must be in current styles – something a modern woman would wear to work. All clothing donations should be unaltered, freshly cleaned and brought in on hangers. We are unable to accept clothing with stains or in need of repair, or clothing in bags or boxes.
Donations by appointment only via link listed below. Our office is closed due to the pandemic. However, we have resumed scheduling drop-off appointments on a couple of afternoons each month to receive donations of professional clothing from our generous community – curbside and contact-free. We are accepting these items:
- Career wear – suits and separates – along with dress shoes, shoes with non-skid soles (pristine tennis shoes), purses, belts, and jewelry – according to this seasonal calendar:
- January – February – Fall & Winter Items Only
- March-June – Spring & Summer Items Only
- July – Large Sizes Only (sz.14 & up)
- August – October – Fall & Winter Items Only
- November – Large Sizes Only (sz.14 & up)
- December – No Donations Accepted
- All clothing must be brought in on hangers. We’re unable to accept bags or boxes of clothing. Limit of 25 hanging items per donation.
- Click on this link to schedule your donation appointment. We regret we are unable to offer a wait list for cancellations. Please be prompt so we can unload your donations safely and guard against overlapping appointments.
Questions about your donation appointment? Please contact Susie Tucker via email.
Interested in conducting a clothing donation drive for Dress for Success Nashville? Please contact Susie Tucker via email for guidelines.
Interested in volunteering? Contact Allison Adams via email or phone at 615-983-5144.
Every dollar helps.
With your support, we will continue helping hundreds of women re-enter the workforce each year with the confidence they need to succeed. A donation of $250 will cover the full cost of an interview suiting for one of our clients. All donations make a difference. DONATE BELOW!