Suit Yourself
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Volunteers

Volunteering is always fashionable!
Suit Yourself is staffed entirely by volunteers making the role of "volunteer" vital to the success of the organization.

Anyone interested in helping women succeed is welcome to apply to become a Suit Yourself volunteer. The volunteer opportunities are as diverse as the volunteers and the clients they serve. Volunteers may participate in any or all of the following activities:

  • receive and sort clothing
  • assist clients in selecting and accessorizing outfits for that all important first impression
  • conduct fundraisers
  • handle facility maintenance
  • perform professional services (clerical, accounting, marketing and legal)

For an application to become a Suit Yourself volunteer, send an email to SuitYourselfOhio@Yahoo.com
All volunteers are required to undergo a background check and complete a two-hour training session. Volunteers are also asked to commit two hours per month to the organization.  Contact us for dates of the next volunteer training sessions.

Here's what our volunteers have to say about their Suit Yourself experiences:

  • "I have been volunteering for years and it's always been rewarding, but helping women select attractive clothing to wear to a job interview and seeing how happy it makes them is not only rewarding - it's fun!"
  • "The fun part of about volunteering at Suit Yourself is it's like girlfriends shopping and encouraging girlfriends."


2006 Volunteer of the Year, Edna Gardner, with Volunteer Coordinator, Midge Mramor
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A genuine desire to help others and a willingness to take on any task contributed to Edna Gardner being selected 2006 Volunteer of the Year. Edna suffered a broken knee in December 2005 that meant she was unable to stand for extended periods of time. But that didn't stop her! She continued attending work sessions, but instead of standing to sort clothing, she came with her shoe polishing kit from home, and while seated on a chair, began organizing and maintaining the Suit Yourself shoe inventory. Edna's infectious smile and warm, friendly demeanor help her provide exceptional customer service to our clients.

Arlene Dyckes, 2006 Volunteer of the Year
Selected Volunteer of the Year for her leadership skills and her contagious enthusiasm, Arlene has done everything from washing, ironing and sewing donated clothing to organizing the storage area for maximum efficiency. She pays attention to every little detail to ensure that we offer only the highest quality clothing to our clients to assist them in projecting a confident, professional image. She's organized, efficient, takes initiative and truly gives of herself to the benefit of Suit Yourself and its clients.

Judy Church, 2003 to 2006 Board Member of the Year
As a founding board member and officer, Judy helped form the foundation for Suit Yourself. She constantly finds ways to improve service to clients. Her passion and enthusiasm to serve women in transition is contagious. She inspires others and never waits to be asked to help. She has been blessed with a broad range of skills and has generously shared them with Suit Yourself. She is respected for her generosity and devotion to helping others, and her genuine concern for all people. Without Judy, the Suit Yourself organization would not be where it is today!

Karen Hoover, 2007 Volunteer of the Year
The third volunteer to receive the prestigious Volunteer of the Year award, Karen earned the reputation of being a dedicated volunteer by eagerly agreeing to serve clients whenever she was needed. She equates appointments with clients to shopping with friends! Her sense of style and her ability to coordinate clothing are clearly reflected in the selections clients proudly take home.