Fashion Students Working with Goodwill Industries
This semester, Meredith fashion students are volunteering with Goodwill Industries. Each week, a pair of students put together two outfits using clothing available in a Goodwill store in the Raleigh area.
Twenty students in Diane Ellis’s Visual Merchandising class are participating in the project.
Steve Snyderman from Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina contacted Ellis to see if her students could work on this new program, which features outfits that cost less than $20. Most are professional clothing options that can be worn by working women.
Ellis’ Visual Merchandising class includes designing window displays at local stores, so the Goodwill project fit the course objectives well. Ellis said the students are getting the opportunity to apply what they have been taught in class and practice their merchandising skills.
“So far, Goodwill has been thrilled with what the students are doing. They are singing high praises for the expertise and enthusiasm of the students,” Ellis said. “It has definitely been a win/win situation for the students and for Goodwill.”
The project is scheduled through December, and Ellis believes it will continue beyond the end of the course.
“Even though I don't teach the class in the spring, I think the students will want to keep this going,” Ellis said. “They are having fun and are getting great affirmation from the folks at Goodwill.”
The outfits of the week are showcased on the Goodwill Industries web site, and the students who coordinate the week’s featured looks are credited on the site. Visit www.goodwillenc.org/outfitofweek.html to view this week’s looks.
Date Submitted: 2009-10-22