Springs Woman Hosts Clothing Drive for Desert Best Friend’s Closet

the woman springs, a fundraising and social club founded by members of The Springs Country Club in Rancho Mirage, recently held a clothing drive to benefit The Desert’s Best Friend Closet (DBFC), a Palm Desert-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing potential job applicants with lightly worn work clothes to wear during interviews.

The idea for the clothing drive started during the pandemic when The Springs Woman members, like many of us, spent a lot of time working on projects from home. The Springs Woman started the clothing drive, dubbed the “Summer Project,” in May 2020 and has raised hundreds of pounds of clothing. Last month, the group decided to restart the project as it aligned with giving season.

Two Springs Woman volunteers organize clothing donations for Desert Best Friend's Closet.

The campaign culminated over Thanksgiving weekend when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Springs Woman members volunteered their time to collect, sort and deliver the donations. “The best way to teach children about philanthropy and charitable giving is to involve them, especially when it takes place within their own communities,” says Springs Woman President Marie hockin.

The clothing drive produced a staggering 2,353 pounds of shoes and clothing, exceeding the group’s stated goal of one metric ton. The donated clothes are now being distributed to individuals through DBFC’s Interview Attire program, which helps unemployed Coachella Valley residents re-enter the workforce by providing them with a work-friendly wardrobe.

In addition to DFBC, the group works with Coachella Valley Medical Volunteers (CVVIM), which provides free health care to medically underserved adult residents.

Luka Yates, 16, the great-grandson of a Springs Woman member, helps collect and hand over donations.

Founded in 2008, DBFC’s mission is to educate and empower its clients for success, both in employment and in life. The association works with a variety of organizations, including Riverside County GAIN (Great avenues for independence), Well being at work, Riverside County Probation Department and much more. Through programs such as Interview Attire, Bridge to Employment, Warriors to Work, Youth Attire and others, DBFC helps individuals become economically self-sufficient through employment.

To learn more about The Springs Woman, call (760) 324-8292 or visit thespringsrm.com.

Valerie Roca, Director of Membership and Marketing at The Springs, is originally from Florida and has over 11 years of experience in the private club industry. Roca’s objective is to attract and retain members by providing quality service and by initiating the integration of new members.

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