J. Reuben Clark Law Society

A Season of Giving: The First Ever Worldwide JRCLS Clothing Drive

It was a novel undertaking for the Women in Law and Service & Outreach Committees -- a worldwide JRCLS professional clothing drive promoted during the months of October and November of 2017. For the first time ever JRCLS chapters around the world were encouraged to participate in service together; collecting professional clothing donations for distribution to men and women entering or re-entering the workforce. Chapters reported back that their drives were successful in gathering clothing and blessing lives through donations to various organizations. Two of the local drives are chronicled below:

The Utah Valley Central Chapter and the BYU Law School Student Chapter teamed up for their professional clothing drive. The committee reported two rounds of donations to Wasatch Mental Health and UVU’s Turning Point Women’s Resource Center: the first round of donations was delivered the week before Thanksgiving, and the second was delivered on January 11, 2018. Donation boxes were set up outside the Admissions Office at the Law School. The committee reported that “the students were indispensable to this effort. They handled all the logistics of collection including purchasing a wardrobe box and hangers and storage of all collected items.” Through the generosity of donors in Utah Valley and the Law School, and the hard work of the students and others on the committee, over 350 items were donated and found their way to grateful recipients, including 33 business suits. Way to go, students and Utah Central chapter!

The Orange County, California Chapter held their

Marin Bradshaw, Orange County Chapter Service Committee chair, and Lance Smemoe, Orange County Chapter chair
second professional clothing drive of the year. For A Season of Giving, donations were gathered at the monthly luncheon of the chapter on December 7th. The Service Committee collaborated with WHW, a non-profit group dedicated to empowering employment success. As part of their mission, WHW prepares men and women to be successful by providing professional clothing and accessories. The Orange County chapter reported that WHW dropped off donation racks and boxes, and then picked up the donations after the event. It was gratifying for the chapter to donate to a group with a worthy mission and a streamlined process for giving. Thank you, Orange County Chapter, for your efforts on behalf of employment seekers in your area!

The Women in Law and Service Committees would love to hear further reports from chapters that participated in A Season of Giving. Please email any feedback to Angel Zimmerman at angel@z2law.com. If your chapter was not able to participate in the fall, please consider hosting a professional clothing drive this year as part of your chapter’s service to the community. As the participating chapters discovered, a professional clothing drive is a satisfying and worthwhile way to give back and build a presence for service and generosity in our local communities.

By Jennifer Wilson, Women in Law Committee Member, Chair-elect Orange County Chapter

Posted: January 31, 2018