Annabe Any woman who has ever been on an interview knows that nervous feeling in the pit of her stomach sitting across from a hiring manager, discussing career skills in an effort to prove that she is the best person for the job.

Imagine wearing a skirt to that interview that has staples holding the hem or trying to make sure that a safety pin doesn’t pop open.

“Finding a job in this competitive marketplace is hard enough, but having to worry about clothes that don’t fit, are stained or show their age does not build confidence when you are trying to get on your feet,” said Tina Prieto, Women’s Development Center. “Having a suit that fits and looks like new helps any woman to feel beautiful, confident and smart.”

The United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council’s 8th Annual Women’s Fall Suit Drive brought together an incredible 12,273 professional items to help women at local agencies with back-to-work programs.

“This contribution is the biggest, most wonderful donation, as it gets the ladies ready to build their confidence to overcome incredible barriers,” said Maggie Mendez, formerly with The Shade Tree. “Instead of being victims, they become overcomers.”

Annabe, who was recently hired, shared that through the Suit Drive, she received clothing that helped her to feel confident and professional when she goes to work. “I get nice things to wear to my job,” said Annabe. “I feel awesome.”

UWSN Suit DriveOne recipient named Joanna just had a baby and had to leave everything behind to start a new life. For her, getting a suit from the drive is inspiring and motivational.

“It’s not just the clothes that matter,” said Joanna. “I feel like people care.” Benefitting from the drive were United Way-accredited agencies including Catholic Charities, Goodwill Career Connections, S.A.F.E. House, SafeNest, The Shade Tree, Women’s Development Center and Work Opportunities Readiness Center of HELP of Southern Nevada.

WLC welcomes new members and offers the opportunity to help improve the community of Southern Nevada. To learn more, visit or contact Lawrel K. Larsen at or 702.892.2319.