About Memphis Suit Project
It is the mission of the Memphis Suit Project to give deserving men in Memphis and the MidSouth confidence and credibility as they prepare to enter the workforce.
We accomplish our mission by providing suits and professional business attire so that these men look and feel their best as they work to improve their lives and their communities.
WHO WE ARE
It is the mission of the Memphis Suit Project to provide suits and professional business attire to deserving men in need throughout Memphis and the MidSouth area. Realizing the importance of a first impression, specifically in a competitive work force, we work towards eliminating the barriers caused by financial inequality and unfortunate circumstance they may have experienced.
WHO WE SERVE
Our primary recipients are high school and college students in need. We are also proud to donate suits to veterans who are entering the civilian workforce, men 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 men we serve by mentoring them through various job-readiness programs. Recipient Organizations help us to identify the men 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 men 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 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 will this suit help me in bettering my life and community?
The purpose of answering these questions is 4-fold:
- We want our recipients to reflect on the gift they've been given
- We want them to consider their future and how they plan to get there
- We want our recipients to think about their circle of influence and how they can give back to their community
- We want our donors who attend the Gifting Event to get to know the man beyond the need. We create long-term partnerships with donors so that they see their gift in action- a young man seeking employment and gaining it, which makes their lives and our communities better.
If these men 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 recipients are given a brand new suit, shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes upon completion of the recipient organization's mentoring program. By dressing him 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.
SUITS: Do you have a suit or business attire that you no longer need or want? We have seven 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!
FINANCIAL: There is no shortage of men in need of our assistance. We are looking for individuals and organizations to help us fulfill our mission through financial support. It costs our organization $200 per recipient to provide this gift of training and business attire. We ask families, companies, church groups, and teams to consider sponsoring a recipient. 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.
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.