In compliance with state and local COVID-19 advisories, all in-person programs will be suspended through January 20, 2021, at which time we will re-evaluate based on updated recommendations. Suspended programs include apparel donations, suiting appointments and volunteering. All career development programming will continue to be virtual and available at dfscolumbus.org.

We are grateful for your continued support. Stay safe and empower on!

We cannot do what we do without amazing volunteers!  In 2019, over 800 volunteers donated thousands of compassionate service hours to Dress for Success Columbus programs and our women.

Do you want to give back to the community through the gift of compassionate time? We would love to have you join our team in Columbus!  Whatever amount of time you have free, whether several hours a week, or simply an hour a month, we sincerely welcome your involvement at Dress for Success Columbus. Opportunities for involvement are listed here (pdf).

Click here to complete the Dress for Success Columbus Volunteer Application!

Volunteer Open House

We request that all interested volunteers attend a Volunteer Open House, hosted monthly via Zoom from 6:00-7:00 PM. All interested volunteers have an opportunity to virtually tour the mission and ask questions in a casual environment. Please complete the volunteer application prior to attending a Volunteer Open House – click here to access!

Volunteer Open Houses start and end on time, in respect of everyone’s obligations.  If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, please reschedule for the next month’s Volunteer Open House.

2021 Virtual Volunteer Open House Dates:

January 27, 2021

February 24, 2021

March 31, 2021

April 28, 2021

May 26, 2021

June 30, 2021

Volunteer Opportunities

Personal Stylist – Monday through Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM, Friday from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1pm – 4pm. Work one-on-one with a Dress for Success Columbus client and help select professional attire during her Interview Suiting. You’ll provide support and encouragement as she prepares for interviews. Once a woman becomes employed, she returns to Dress for Success Columbus for additional clothing to help her build a working wardrobe. Being a Personal Stylist is an enjoyable and rewarding way to make a direct impact on the lives of the women we serve.

Hospitality – Monday through Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM, Friday from 9 AM – 1 PM. Greet clients and other agency guests as they arrive for their suiting appointments, career center visits or meeting with Dress team members.  Assist Personal Stylists and Donation Intake volunteers.  Manage the overall appearance of the reception area.

Accept and Sort Donations Monday through Friday 10 AM – 4 PM. This important task helps Dress for Success Columbus keep our boutique ready for clients. Dress for Success Columbus accepts donations from generous contributors during the week. Volunteers accept and sort business apparel to place on the boutique floor! Feel Good Fridays are a fun, physical day. Gathering a group to give a few hours at our mission by accepting and sorting business apparel is a fun way to spend time with friends or co-workers and help our cause!  We dress casually and use our combined energy to ensure the next week’s clients have an empowering experience!

Career Center SpecialistFriday 1 PM – 4 PM. Support clients in their job search, review and edit résumés, help write cover letters, and offer interview tips. Career Center Specialists meet with Dress for Success Columbus clients in our agency. Assisting a woman as she continues her professional growth and development is a fulfilling and valuable experience.

Y.E.S! (Young Executives for Success) – Young professionals whose ‘9-5’ jobs make it challenging to volunteer during the workday. Members gain leadership skills and plan/promote annual signature Y.E.S! event. Email yes@dfscmh.org for details.

Click here for a pdf document of our Volunteer Opportunities!