The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 18, 2010
Inaugural Capitol suit drive collects hundreds of items

100818 suit drive.JPGSacramento-area residents donated about 700 items to the first-ever State Capitol Suit Drive, which was held Tuesday at the Senator Hotel. The business suits, shoes, shirts, skirts and blouses will go to several local nonprofits: Crossroads Diversified/Works One Stop Career Center, Women's Empowerment, Overcomer's Program, and the Greater Sacramento Urban League.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and the Men's Warehouse retail chain backed the drive, part of a national effort to provide business attire for the unemployed.

PHOTO: A woman drops off clothing for the State Capitol Suit Drive at the Senator Hotel in downtown Sacramento. / Courtesy State Capitol Suit Drive.

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