Making a Difference: Polk State closet helps job seekers

5:13 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida -- At Polk State College, an academic office is bursting at the seams with clothes. Piles of pants and tiers of ties are all donated to the Polk State Professional Clothes Closet in order to help people.

It's run by Phi Beta Lambda, the school's business career student organization, to give fellow students a leg up on job interviews without having to spend more than they can afford. Getting an outfit is free of charge. All that's asked in return is that every student who receives items from the closet also donates clothes. 

"I felt like a king," says student Jeremy Carroll about his visit to the closet. "I felt like pretty much a new man."

Carroll needed clothes for an upcoming job interview, but didn't have many affordable options. So he made an appointment with the Professional Clothes Closet, where Phi Beta Lambda officer Phillip LeMieux gave him advice and walked him through all the options, from suits to socks.

"This looks like a $300 or $400 suit that I got for free," Carroll says. "It makes me feel confident to have shoes I can wear and a nice fitted suit and a tie. It gives me the confidence I need to go into the job."

And Phi Beta Lambda is happy to help, knowing what it's like to be in Carroll's shoes.

"It's a very good feeling inside," says LeMieux. "We were able to help a student in need. Clothes are a very big deal for interviews, that first impression. We want to be able to help students succeed."

If you're able to help out the Professional Clothes Closet, send Phi Beta Lambda an email.

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