Neumann University's 'Wardrobes for Work' outfitting people for success

John McDevitt
October 13, 2019 - 4:30 am
Danielle McNichol, director of Neumann University's center for leadership, helps outfit young people through the "Wardrobes for Work" program.

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ASTON, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Neumann University's Center for Leadership in Aston provides free business attire to students and members of the community entering or re-entering the workforce.

More than 100,000 pieces of gently used clothing have been donated to Neumann's "Wardrobes for Work" program since it was established about three years ago. The racks are full of suits for both men and women. There are coats, shoes and all sorts of accesories.

"I got these two jackets that both fit me really well, got these two pairs of pants, looking at some ties right now, got some shirts too," said 23-year-old Brandon Wade, who was referred to the center. "I mean, they always say dress for the position you want, not the one you have, so the nicer you look and better dressed you are, the more confident you're going to be in getting the position you want to be in." 

Wade is in an IT program in Delaware which allows people who didn't attend college to learn skills they need to start their careers in the field. He said he wouldn't be able to have these clothes without Neumann's program. "This was pretty much the only way I was going to be able to get something like this," Waid said.

Danielle McNichol is Director for Center for leadership at Neumann.

"The intent is to try and get them as many pieces, so they can get as many outfits from the ten pieces that we provide to them, so they can continue to use them through their career," said Danielle McNichol, director of Neumann's Center for Leadership.

McNichol said clothing donations are gladly accepted.