The South Central Pennsylvania affiliate of Dress for Success, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women improve their lives, will soon employ RFID to track the apparel it provides to its clients free of charge. This will enable the organization's paid and volunteer staff members to know what they have in stock-no easy task when their inventory has no SKU labels and is acquired mostly through donations from area residents.
The organization gives each client one suit for a job interview, as well as up to a week's worth of work-appropriate clothing following that interview if she becomes employed. In the past two and a half years, its three boutiques-located in the cities of Harrisburg, York and Lebanon-have served 2,200 women. The outlets currently provide clothing to 200 women each month. The majority of the items are acquired through donations from local residents and businesses, though some are purchased. Area women who seek employment but lack the proper business attire for an interview can visit a local boutique and select an appropriate outfit, with assistance from volunteers.
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