Over the month of March, AtWater Consulting Ltd. held their second annual Professional First Impressions clothing drive, ensuring women in need have access to professional business attire.
Throughout the course of the month, donations of gently used business clothing poured in, including suits, blouses, shoes, handbags and accessories. The clothes have been donated to women’s organisations, including the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and the Family Resource Centre, helping those in need make a professional first impression during work interviews or work experience.
Erika Mazzei of AtWater said that the clothing drive was a huge success.
“We received an abundance of quality clothing, shoes and accessories, from numerous individuals, many of which you can see on our facebook page Living AtWater. Organisations which donated included Maples, CAA, KPMG, Audi Cayman Islands and DMS.”
The drive coincided with Honouring Women’s Month, taking advantage of the community wide focus on women.
“AtWater was founded by women and consists of mostly women and we know that dressing professionally is very important in the workplace,” Ms Mazzei said. “First impressions count for a lot. We believe that everything lies in a woman’s confidence and by empowering women we hope that their confidence shines through and that they are able to make a good first impression.”
The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre works with women who have left unhealthy relationships and crisis situations, many of them arriving at the shelter in the middle of the night and leaving what they have behind. The Family Resource Centre works with many women and young girls who due to their situations cannot afford to buy clothing for work experience and current job placements.
Pilar Bush, managing director of AtWater, said that the team was honoured to present these outstanding organisations with professional attire for women and young ladies, who due to their circumstances cannot afford to buy clothes.
“In some cases, these women have had to run from crisis situations leaving behind clothes, personal effects and even toiletries. The strength and courage of these women who get up and put on a brave face despite their situations motivated the AtWater team to hold its second annual Professional First Impressions.”