The mission of Dress for Success Cincinnati is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

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Help! We Need Jewelry, Handbags, and Plus Size Clothing.

Our inventory is running low due to the increased need for our services. So, clean out your closet and donate new and gently used women's clothing and accessories to Dress for Success Cincinnati. We are in particular need of shoes, purses, jewelry, and plus sizes. Interview- and work-appropriate clothing will be given to women in need who are entering the workforce. Designer, dressy, and casual attire and accessories will be sold in the 4th Street Boutique with proceeds going to support our programs for disadvantaged women. Click for more information on how to donate clothing.


PWG Community Action Project Big Success!

Each year, a member of the Professional Women's Group is selected to be the delegate for the Community Action Project (CAP). The delegate must create her project, establish a budget and schedule, and complete her goals. Melva Lewis is the CAP delegate for 2013-2014 and is wrapping up her project, a literacy and arts program for Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, located in inner city Cincinnati. As Melva states, "My vision for  'This Book Belongs To...' is to promote literacy through storytelling while setting the foundation to continue programs like this." Her primary goals are to improve reading comprehension, helping prepare the 3rd grade class for the Ohio Achievement Assessment, a state standardized reading test; contribute 200 books to the school library; and provide at least two books to each student in the entire school, 840 total.

To engage the 3rd grade students, Ms. Lewis arranged for Sharon M. Draper, a professional educator as well as as accomplished writer to spend the day with the 3rd grade class, signing books, working with the students to act out parts of her books, and complete other activities to strengthen their literacy. Ms. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literacy Awards, and is a New York Times bestselling author. Her "Sassy" and "Ziggy" series of books for tweens contains characters and situations that the students at Rothenberg can relate to.

We Are Looking for Volunteers

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity in a casual and lively environment, the Dress for Success Cincinnati Donation Center is for you! Help organize, hang, and evaluate new and gently used clothing that is donated by our caring community. We need help every Thursday between 10 AM and 6 PM and the first Saturday of every month between 10 AM and 2 PM. If you are interested, please fill out our volunteer questionnaire or contact Debbie Wesseler at 513-322-1792 or

Our Mobile Career Transformation Center is on the road, bringing services to locations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Check our Event Calendar for exact dates and locations. If you live or work outside of downtown Cincinnati and would be interested in getting involved with our mobile unit, please fill out the volunteer questionnaire, or contact Debbie Wesseler, volunteer coordinator, at or call 513-322-1792.