Operation Dress Code donation spot at the Red Salon on J street in Sacramento.

Operation Dress Code is now accepting donations of new and gently used business clothing and accessories to distribute to women veterans during a boutique event in Walnut Creek on June 11. CalVet Women Veterans Affairs is organizing the clothing drive and one-day boutique event.

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom helped kick off this year’s effort. To watch her video promoting the event and donation drive visit YouTube.

CalVet headquarters at 1227 O Street is among the various locations in Sacramento to drop off items. “Women veterans who participate in the June 11 event will receive the clothing, accessories, and much more,” said Virginia Wimmer, CalVet’s Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs.

Other partners for this year’s clothing drive and event include the Wounded Warrior Project, #WinLikeAGirl, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG).

“The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is honored to partner with CalVet, Wounded Warrior Project, and #WinLikeAGirl to support California’s 163,000 women veterans through events like Operation Dress Code,” said CCSWG Executive Director Holly Martinez. “The last thing these women should have to worry about as they transition from full time service to our country is what to wear to a job interview. We know that many are already battling a higher unemployment rate and a steep wage gap compared to male veterans, and this takes one small stressor away. Women veterans and service women deserve our full support as they transition to civilian life and we are thrilled the Commission can play a small role in this event, designed to help them understand their veterans’ benefits, California benefits, attend professional development workshops and of course, dress for success in upcoming interviews.”

The annual Operation Dress Code event in San Diego has served more than 1,700 women over the past five years. This year, the Northern California event takes place in Walnut Creek, on June 11 at the Marriott Hotel, 2355 North Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A San Diego event is scheduled for November.

A veteran receives professional style head shots for her new LinkedIn profile at the Operation Dress Code event in San Diego, 2021.

The event will also provide workshops, seminars and veterans benefits information, along with resume writing, personal branding, building and managing a LinkedIn account and other job tips.

“With more of us teleworking there are a lot of suits, shoes, jackets and blouses hanging in closets, so we encourage women in Sacramento to donate their unused work clothes to Operation Dress Code,” said Wimmer.

To donate new or gently used business clothing, shoes, accessories and other items, or to volunteer for the June 11 event, visit  operationdresscode.com.

Women veterans and active duty military women who would like to attend the Operation Dress Code event are encouraged to register at operationdresscode.com to reserve a time slot.


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