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High-Tech Help: Uber Drivers to Pick Up Clothing Donations

New and gently used business attire can be donated and picked up via smartphone on March 1. (jdurham/morguefile)
New and gently used business attire can be donated and picked up via smartphone on March 1. (jdurham/morguefile)
February 18, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - You might be familiar with using your smartphone to get a lift from a car service, but how about using it to help give others a lift up? That's the premise of a service project taking shape at the state Capitol.

The goal of "Suits for Session" is to collect new and gently-used professional attire from state employees, lawmakers, and nonprofit agencies at the state Capitol.

But Chester Spellman, chief executive officer at Volunteer Florida, says the first-of-its-kind event also features a way for anyone in the area to take part, simply by using the app for the car service "Uber."

"For those who are unable to bring items in person to the Capitol, donors can open the Uber app and be able to select the 'Give' option on the bottom of the screen," Spellman explains, "and an Uber vehicle will arrive to pick up the clothing."

Suits for Session takes place on March 1, although collection boxes will be at several locations in the Capitol area beginning Monday.

The clothing will be given to several organizations that help people re-entering the job market, including Dress for Success Tallahassee and Goodwill Industries.

Spellman says not having anything appropriate to wear can be a major obstacle for the unemployed and underemployed, and can even keep job-seekers from accepting interviews.

"This really is for many people a barrier to employment, or a barrier to getting a higher-level position," says Spellman. "So, this really is a need."

More information about the event and the collection-box locations can be found on the Volunteer Florida website.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - FL