About Memphis Suit Project

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It is the mission of the Memphis Suit Project to instill confidence and credibility in men and women in Memphis who are working to improve their lives by furthering their education, or by gaining employment. We do this by providing soft skills training, suits and professional business attire so that our recipients are “interview ready” when they complete our 6-week program. Realizing the importance of a first impression, specifically in a competitive workforce, we work to eliminate barriers and level the playing field.

WHO WE SERVE

Our primary recipients are high school and college students in need. We are also proud to serve veterans who are entering the civilian workforce, youth in under-resourced areas of our community, and those returning to work post-incarceration.

HOW OUR RECIPIENTS ARE IDENTIFIED

We are proud to partner with Recipient Organizations throughout our community. These organizations work closely with the individuals we serve by mentoring them through various job-readiness programs. Recipient Organizations help us to identify those who will receive a suit and assist us in hosting our three Events. Our mission could not be possible without these incredible organizations.

Can we help you? If you lead an organization that helps Memphians to prepare for employment, we want to hear from you! We'd love to discuss ways that our organizations can partner to ensure we help your men and women feel confident and credible as they head into their futures. Click here to email us.

WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM RECIPIENTS

Recipients have typically completed some sort of job-readiness program or are actively pursuing employment in Memphis and the Mid-South area.  We ask each recipient to write a short essay or shoot a brief video (iPhone is ok) answering the question:

How am I prepared to better my life and my community?

The purpose of answering these questions is 4-fold:

  • We want our recipients to consider their future and how they plan to get there. There is power in a plan!
  • We want our recipients to think about their circle of influence and how they can give back to their community
  • We want our donors to get to know the person beyond the need. We create long-term partnerships with donors so that they see their gift in action- a young man or woman seeking employment and gaining it, which makes their lives and our communities better.

If our recipients are showing sincere effort to improve their lives and community, we are committed to helping them make a positive first impression with a potential employer. 

HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT FROM SIMILAR PROGRAMS

Through our partnership with New York Suit Exchange, our male recipients are given a brand new suit, shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes upon completion of our mentoring program. Our females are rewarded with a Gift Card to Macy's so that they can enjoy a Personal Shopping experience. By dressing them from head to toe, we know our recipients are dressing for the job they want as the seek employment.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

Without the generous help of our donors, Memphis Suit Project would not be possible. We are incredibly grateful for the giving hearts of our colleagues, friends, and Memphis community.

FINANCIAL:  There is no shortage of people in need of our assistance. We are looking for individuals and organizations to help us fulfill our mission through financial support. We ask families, companies, church groups, and teams to consider supporting a recipient through giving. Monetary contributions can be made by utilizing the Fill Your Cart page of our website. You may also mail your gift to 7642 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138. All qualifying donations are tax-deductible.

SUITS: Do you have a suit or business attire that you no longer need or want? We have Suit Closets set up throughout the city to collect new and gently used suits and business attire. Please click here for a list of Suit Closet locations, contact information and hours of acceptance. Simply clean out your closet and make a difference today!

CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS

If you are an organization interested in partnering with Memphis Suit Project, we would love to hear from you. There are many opportunities for corporations to give financially and to fulfill volunteer hours.

HOW DONATIONS ARE USED

As a 501(c)3 charity, we operate purposefully and without profit. The Memphis Suit Project’s Board of Directors receive no compensation for their involvement. Financial donations are used to purchase suits for our recipients, for Gifting Event celebrations and for organizational marketing efforts. All qualifying donations are tax-deductible.

CO-FOUNDERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Memphis Suit Project was co-founded by Jay Lawler, Justin Thomas, Will Moore and Jay Oliphant. Our mission is executed by our Executive Director, Meghan Heimke, with assistance from Christen Lundgren.