The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 3, 2011
State workers give generously to outfit women for work re-entry

Picture 028.jpgWorkers at the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board and the California Highway Patrol finished up a record-breaking clothing drive on Monday to benefit Women Escaping A Violent Environment's "Suited for Success" program.

In October, which is also Domestic Violence Awareness month, state workers at the two departments collected more than 500 gently-used professional clothing items and accessories to stock WEAVE's Arden Way thrift store. The "Suited for Success" program gives women a $100 store voucher to shop there for professional attire after they finish a program intended to help them return to work.

Among the donations by staff at the board and Highway Patrol: over 420 suit items
and more than 100 accessories including belts, handbags, jewelry, and shoes, "a record breaking drive for us," said board spokeswoman Anne Gordon.

"Overall, we collected far more items than anticipated and the quality of donations was exceptional," said Victims Compensation Board Executive Officer Julie Nauman in an email to staff.

PHOTO: From left: Christina Robleto, Officer Cyndi Mitchell, Sgt. Andy Mayo (all from the California Highway Patrol) and CalVCP Outreach & Communications Coordinator Anne Gordon load professional women's clothing just before dropping off all donations at WEAVE's Arden Thrift Store located off Arden Way. / Courtesy California Victim Compensation Program.

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