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Centier Bank Celebrates International Women's Day With Dress for Success Michiana

March 5, 2020

International Womens DaySOUTH BEND, Ind. – Centier Bank recently donated $1,000 to Dress for Success Michiana as part of its sponsorship of the nonprofit’s pop-up shop taking place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at the Howard Park Community Center. Additionally, select Centier Bank branches are hosting Dress For Success pop-up shops throughout the week.

Dress for Success Worldwide is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women with professional attire to secure employment through means of clothing and monetary donations, professional development mentors, and personal stylist volunteers. Additionally, the organization provides job training and serves as a resource for its clients to seek career counseling.

The national organization has served over one million women since its inception in 1997, and a large part of its success is due to sponsorships and donations.

Michele Alvarez, Assistant Branch Manager at Centier Bank’s Goshen Branch, serves on the board for Dress for Success Michiana, and was the driving force behind the partnership. Alvarez said the Howard Park pop-up shop happens on the heels of International Women’s Day, March 8.

“I am very proud to be part of an organization that empowers women and helps them build their future, by providing attire for a job interview, and continuing to help women after securing employment with ways to retain their professional roles,” Alvarez explained. “Our Servant Heart Culture is at the core of everything we do at Centier Bank, and I’m honored to help Dress for Success Michiana by raising awareness for its cause.”

Sherry Klein, CEO, Executive Director, and Founder of Dress for Success Michiana, Inc., said Centier Bank’s recent donation funds the clothing closet and pop-up mobile closets.

“We rely on the generosity of our donors and corporate sponsors to fulfill our mission and deliver our job retention, career advancement, and suiting programs,” Klein said. “Having a partner like Centier Bank helps promote community engagement, connecting women in our communities to our services, volunteer opportunities, and other means of support.”

Centier Bank is hosting additional Dress for Success pop-up shops 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 9 and March 27 at its Goshen Branch, 1716 Elkhart Rd. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 23 at its Downtown Elkhart Branch, 100 S. Main St. Clothing donations will be accepted at these events, and passersby can learn about volunteering for Dress for Success.

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