The generosity of community fills the closet

The generosity of community fills the closet

CMU receives a wave of support for a student-led initiative

When CMU student and Accounting Club President LeighAnn Norton noticed that so many students were reluctant to attend the annual Meet the Firms networking event with local business leaders—simply because they didn’t have the right attire—she decided to to do something about it. She knew of another organization that was raising money to buy a brand new outfit per student and decided to start a similar initiative with a twist. Passionate about environmental sustainability and not wanting to limit the number of outfits per student, Norton envisioned a system for collecting and distributing second-hand clothing and sought out recruiters, fellow students and community partners to make it a reality .

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Sadye Saad, Director of Career Services, and Stephanie Parsons, COSI Admissions & Advising Coach, guided Norton and fellow student Olivia Pulford through the process of organizing a student committee, budgeting and recruiting sponsors. Dubbed The Business Closet, the initiative has received a plethora of support from community partners and CMU stakeholders over its first three months, and is steadily gaining momentum as the official launch date approaches.

Over 200 items of clothing were donated by Heirlooms for Hospice, Mor Storage Sales, CMU Trustee Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod and CMU Trustee Amy Lentz, while Cigna, Timberline Bank and Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC sponsored $9,000 dollars donated

Signage on each clothing rack proudly displays the logos of founding sponsors, as well as QR codes that link to helpful student resources such as resume and cover letter tutorials and interview scheduling with Career Services.

“I applaud The Business Closet that CMU has developed. First impressions are critical to building relationships at our company. That’s why there is such a positive impact in giving not only our interns but also the business community the opportunity to dress for success. said Chris West, CEO of Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC

“I applaud The Business Closet that CMU has developed. First impressions are critical to building relationships at our company. That’s why there is such a positive impact in giving not only our interns but also the business community the opportunity to dress for success. – Chris West, CEO of Dalby, Wendland & Co., PC

The committee plans to extend this initiative to all types of industry-specific clothing for the jobs CMU and WCCC train students for, and will set up multiple clothing racks on both campuses.

“We are very pleased that this vision is becoming a reality and that we are making professional clothing available to all students. Timberline Bank is grateful to be able to support our local students and invest in their future,” said Hannah Ellis, Marketing Specialist at Timberline Bank.

“We are very pleased that this vision is becoming a reality and that we are making professional clothing available to all students. Timberline Bank is grateful to be able to support our local students and invest in their future.” – Hannah Ellis, Marketing Specialist, Timberline Bank

The Palisade, Grand Junction, Fruita and Western Colorado Latino Chambers of Commerce will mark the official launch of The Business Closet on September 1 at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Davis School of Business. This will be followed immediately by the Maverick Job Fair from 10am to 2pm on The Plaza and clothing racks will be available at the Career Services booth for students to browse and try on. This is also The Business Closet’s first official clothing promotion and community members are encouraged to bring gently used offices

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Donate clothing and accessories. A roadside “Fill the Rack” station will be set up near the rugby pitch for the convenience of dropping off donations.

“To our founding sponsors of The Business Closet – Cigna, Timberline Bank and Dalby, Wendland & Co, PC – thank you for your contribution to our vision and thank you for showing me what it means to be part of a community.” said CMU student Olivia Pulford, who sits on the committee.

“To our founding sponsors of The Business Closet – Cigna, Timberline Bank and Dalby, Wendland & Co, PC – thank you for your contribution to our vision and thank you for showing me what it means to be part of a community.” – CMU student council member Olivia Pulford

The Palisade Chamber of Commerce, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce have agreed to serve as the drop-off point for donations on September 1st.

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Written by Hannah Odneal

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