BOTTOMLESS CLOSET SEEKING MORE FUNDS
Byline: Anamaria Wilson
NEW YORK — Bottomless Closet is digging deeper. The non-profit organization helps low-income women who are looking for work by prepping them for upcoming job interviews. They provide them with appropriate business attire but also help hone their interview skills, refine their resumes and ultimately serve as an all-around mentoring service. Among the companies that have hired women from Bottomless Closet are the retailers Macy’s, Stern’s Department Store, Tiffany and CVS, as well as McCann Erickson, Xerox and Credit Suisse First Boston.
The organization is hosting its first public fund-raiser at a luncheon at the University Club on May 7, where it will honor Martha Nelson, managing editor of People Magazine. “We’re honoring Martha Nelson because she started with In Style and that was more or less about the clothes and then moved onto People,” said Reva Wurtzburger, president of Bottomless Closet. “That mirrors our organization in a funny way because we opened thinking our mission was all about the clothes, and we have grown to realize our mission is about the people and the support they need. So Martha was a perfect fit.”
The purpose of the fund-raiser is to increase its corporate support and raise the organization’s profile, according to Wurtzburger. The luncheon also will feature Verna Eggleston, commissioner of the NYC Human Resources Administration, Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.” Perri Peltz, will be the master of ceremonies.
Bottomless Closet dresses women from head to toe with clothing donated by private individuals. “We provide clothing from soup to nuts. Essentially from jewelry down to shoes and all accessories, so that dressing for going to work is not an issue anymore,” said Wurtzburger.
The organization has been in operation since January 1999 and since that time has assisted over 2,500 women. But imbuing women with stylish apparel is also a bit dangerous. “We have found that our women are very excited to be going to work,” said Wurtzburger. “The very first thing they want to do when they earn some money is go out and buy new clothes.”