In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Astoria) teamed up with the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to stage a fashion show and seminar on what outfits are most appropriate for people to wear in their chosen careers.
The fashion show, called “Goodwill® Suits You,” featured individuals participating in Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) as models. DMD is an an annual event that pairs students and job seekers with disabilities with mentors to help them explore career opportunities.
The fashion bloggers scouted three Goodwill stores in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn to choose 2-3 outfits for each model. The DMD participants modeled the outfits during the fashion show and were able to keep them afterwards to wear to interviews or on the job.
“This fashion show at our East Harlem Store served as a vehicle to help individuals with disabilities put their best foot forward when looking for employment. Finding the right look for the right job can be a daunting task. Having the fashionistas involved made this a great event,” said Executive VP Karen Means.