San Diego clothing drive helps female veterans transition to civilian life

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Women transitioning from military to civilian life face many challenges. Operation Dress Code was created to empowering female veterans to reinvent possibilities, reinvent their careers, and rethink their post-military lives.

Organizers rely on community donations of new or gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags/bags to fill the pop-up store with quality items of all shapes, sizes and tastes to appeal to our diverse female military population. . Before each Operation Dress Code Shop event, they are hosting a two-week donation drive where pink donation bins are placed around the community to make the process as convenient as possible for people to drop off their donations.

Donations are being accepted at the following locations from October 6-21, 2022. Learn more about Operation Dress Code, HERE.

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO

County Administration Building – 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101

  • Boxes located on the 1st and 2nd floors by lifts
  • Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
  • Free underground parking located on Ash St & Pacific Highway

Courage to call – 9465 Farnham St., San Diego, CA 92123

  • Call to schedule an appointment at 858-636-3604 or email [email protected]
  • Deposit (Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.)
  • Drive to the back of the building and you will see the pink drop box/ODC sign.

NORTH COUNTY

North County Veterans Association (VANC) – 1617 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058

White House Black Market – 1911 Calle Barcelona Suite 157, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Farmer’s insurance – 2385 Camino Vida Roble, Suite 114, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Brightway – The Crumbaker Agency – 5814 Van Allen Way, Suite 160, Carlsbad, CA 92008

MVRC Interior North – 649 W. Mission Ave. Suite 2400, Escondido, CA 92025

SOUTH BAY

CRMV South Region – 401 Miles of Cars Way Suite 300, National City, CA 91950

Operation Dress code is a collaborative program designed to empower women who have served in the United States Armed Forces by providing them with the professional clothing needed to transition into the civilian workforce. Operation Dress code partners with veteran organizations, community leaders, business groups, and dedicated volunteers to honor female veterans with free, personalized shopping experiences at our Dress Code pop-up stores.

The shop is the focal point, but Operation Dress code it’s more than a new jacket or a new pair of shoes, it’s an experience. It’s about creating a safe space where women help women. Where our women veterans can recover, rejuvenate and reinvent their post-military life.

All women who are currently serving in the military and those who have served before can participate in the 100% free events. Our goal is to help female veterans navigate civilian life with the confidence they deserve and the respect they have earned.

Established in Sacramento in 2014, Operation Dress code hosts annual pop-up shops in San Diego and strives to expand across California.

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