Gear to Give fundraiser aims to help local men re-enter the workforce

Jun 18 2018, 11:29 pm

This Thursday, Gear to Give is back. The annual fundraiser is put on by Working Gear, a local grassroots non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate barriers to employment by providing industry appropriate gear and clothing, free of charge, to low income or unemployed men in search of employment.

Building on the success of their inaugural event in 2016 and their even bigger event last year, they expect to host more than 300 guests this year. Gear to Give is critical to ensuring that Working Gear has the necessary resources to help put over 1,000 men back to work.

It’s a tough job market out there and even tougher for those unable to look the part. Many low-income men in Metro Vancouver have been unemployed for long periods and lack the finances to afford the clothing and gear needed to find a job or access a job site.

Volunteers at Working Gear fill the role of stylists and personal shoppers and work with the men to understand their needs and help find suitable clothing and footwear for them.

In addition to providing clothing, this year they have partnered with a local stylist and barbershop to provide free haircuts and beard trims on Wednesday evenings to ensure that these men really look the part for their new jobs.

Working Gear depends entirely upon volunteers and private donations of cash and good quality used or new men’s clothing, gear, and footwear to continue their services.

Gear to Give Fundraising Gala

When: Thursday, June 21

Where: Vancouver Club – 915 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tickets: Available online starting at $55

Dress code: Business attire. Jacket, collared shirt, and dress pants for men; dresses, suits, blouses/skirts or tailored pants for women. Jeans are not permitted in the Vancouver Club.

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