Impacting Women in Poverty with Dress for Success

The women of the Beta Iota Chapter at Millersville University of Pennsylvania have hosted donation and clothing drives for Dress for Success® before. But their most recent drive, which was part of the chapter’s campus-wide Wellness Week, was even more special. It was held in honor of communications professor and passionate advocate for women in poverty, Dr. Lisa Schreiber, a who passed away in July.

“Our chapter was approached by the chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre, Dr. Theresa Russell-Loretz,” explains Haley Poust, Beta Iota’s Director of Philanthropy. “She had seen our Dress for Success drives on campus and asked us to help with one in Dr. Schreiber’s memory. It was an honor to be asked.”

In partnership with the communications department and the online community HerCampus, the drive was held in the middle of the chapter’s Wellness Week. The week’s events also included yoga, awareness tables about nutrition, and handing out motivational lollipops, among other events. All proceeds were donated to the Dress for Success South Central PA affiliate.

To help promote the drive, the chapter placed a call for donations in a campus-wide email newsletter that goes to students, faculty, and staff. They tabled outside of the campus’ bookstore and nearby dining hall. “There is always traffic there,” Haley says. “A lot of professors cleaned out their closets and donated clothing. College students often have less professional clothing to spare, so many of them donated funds instead.”

Haley and the Beta Iota Chapter plan to continue supporting their Dress for Success affiliate in the future as well. On November 13, the chapter is partnering with the Lancaster, PA Chipotle to raise funds. That Chipotle will donate 50% of the night’s proceeds to Dress for Success South Central PA.

“Dress for Success changes lives,” says Haley. “We have the power to change lives with them. I hope that other chapters and Sisters go for it too. Dress for Success has affiliates all over the country, which makes it easier to give.”

Photo (L-R): Lucy Schulz, Shayna Graham, Kayla Michael, Haley Poust, Alexandra Fetzer, Lauren Myers, Megan Brown, and Chelsea Nolan.