Volunteer Impact: Don’t Forget the Socks!

Seth, a Ready for Success volunteer, next to the dress socks he’s helping provide to participants.

Seth, a Ready for Success volunteer, next to the dress socks he’s helping provide to participants.

Seth came to see some old friends this fall and began a new venture. Years ago, he donated a gently used suit and some slacks to Ready for Success (RFS), PPL’s program that provides professional clothing to men and women with lower incomes. Moved by the program, Seth volunteered there for a couple years. His first day was not what he’d expected.

“I figured they’d want me to share job advice and experience with the men,” Seth said. “Instead of coaching and mentoring, I was down on my knees—literally—sorting business socks by shoe size and loading them into wire bins. It was rewarding and humbling.”

Ironically, socks are Seth’s latest calling.

This fall, Seth brought another suit to donate. While he no longer volunteered regularly, his enthusiasm for the program was rekindled and he looked for a new way to get involved.

“I learned that there wasn’t a budget line item for men’s socks and underwear,” Seth recalled. “So I said, ’Why don’t I try to raise some money for those most basic of items? I think I can make a difference.’”

Seth helped launch the ’Sox + Undies’ campaign, approaching friends and colleagues for help providing the basic clothing need. To date, the campaign has raised enough support to serve nearly 400 men at Ready for Success.

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