Where there’s a will, there’s a way
Katherine Clift is a busy woman but that does not stop her from volunteering with Dress for Success Wellington. She is a member of the Dress for Success Wellington Fundraising and Sponsorship Sub-Committee (FSC), and works closely with Leonie Smiley, our Executive Manager, particularly on large grant applications. Grants are really important to the organisation as over half of the income that funds DFSW activities comes from grants.
Katherine has a full time job managing 30 staff at the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and three kids under five years old. She first became interested in volunteering with Dress for Success Wellington in 2013 and joined us in 2014.
“I have been very fortunate in my own life and career and wanted the opportunity to help other women,” she says.
“The Dress for Success vision of ‘every women succeeding’ really resonated with me personally and I thought I would be able to make a difference through supporting Dress for Success.”
With the busy life Katherine leads, she can only spare a few hours a month for her voluntary activities.
But the right role came up for her and it was worth the wait. She found that joining Dress for Success Wellington allows her to make full use of her management and professional body experience as well as experience gained from organising events and fundraising for her children’s kindergartens.
Katherine’s volunteering experience has helped her “gain a greater sense of contributing to the community.” She has also expanded her own skills and met some amazing women along the way.
“I am also a great example of the fact that as long as you have the interest, then DFSW will find a way that you can contribute.”
Telling our story and helping others
Lidewij Oosterhoff currently writes articles for the Dress for Success Wellington website, interviews interesting people and prepares press releases. She started volunteering with Dress for Success Wellington in July 2013.
She is a lawyer with a background in journalism and communications.
Lidewij chose to get involved with Dress for Success Wellington to help people currently out of work to get back into work.
“Applying for jobs is a very stressful process, especially if someone has been out of the workforce for a significant period of time. I think any help that we can offer women who want it - whether it’s a new outfit or support and information - is very beneficial,” says Lidewij.
“With the ever growing number of people struggling to put food on the table, I like knowing that I am working towards a very valuable cause. It is good to know that services like dress for success are there to help those that need it.”
There are benefits for Lidewij as well. She uses her skills and experience to support a really worthy cause and in doing so, volunteers alongside some of Wellington's most intelligent and influential women.
"I value learning from other women who are focussed on what they're doing and committed to getting the job done.
"Many of us, at some time in our lives, need help and I'm pleased that I'm able to help others at this time," says Lidewij.
Contact us to discuss, volunteering with Dress for Success Wellington.