Clothing drive seeks attire for businesswomen

A clothing drive to help provide business attire for women entering or rejoining the business world is being run this month. 

The Professional First Impressions clothing drive will continue throughout this month, which is “Honouring Women Month,” to benefit the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and the Family Resource Centre.  

The drive is aimed at collecting gently used business attire, work-appropriate shoes and accessories such as handbags, belts and fashion jewelry. The initiative started in 2012 as a community project organized by women at AtWater Consulting.  

“We collected over 1,000 articles of clothing and around 150 shoes and handbags in 2012 and had a very generous donation to give in 2013 as well,” said Erika Mazzei, organizer of Professional First Impressions.  

She added, “I am confident that ladies in the community will come together to help the clients of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and Family Resource Centre again in 2015. Professional First Impressions helps you to make space in your closet and helps expand the professional possibilities for others. This clothing drive really is a win-win.” 

The clothing drive ends on Friday, March 27.  

For more information, to make a donation or to arrange clothing collection, email [email protected] or visit the Professional First Impressions page on Facebook. 


The team at AtWater is joined by Mike Adam, the then Minister of Community Affairs and Housing, and Miriam Foster, project coordinator of the Family Resource Centre, to present its first clothing donation to Valerie Banks, administrator at the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre in March 2012.

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