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Dress for Success expands to Bangor

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BANGOR - Dress for Success, an organization dedicated to promoting economic independence for disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire, support and career development, is opening a branch in Bangor. The Bangor Housing Authority on the Davis Road will now be home to Dress for Success Maine, which is the new name being used by the organization and its Portland-based affiliate, Dress for Success Southern Maine.

"I am so grateful to Bangor Housing Authority for this partnership that will enable women to be part of the Dress for Success Maine community," said Kimberly Allen, executive director. "By opening a branch in Bangor, we will be able to broaden our reach and affect change in so many lives."

Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 600,000 women around the world. The organization recently made headlines thanks to Bangor blogger Susan Stephenson's Dress to Impress project. For one month, Stephenson wore the same dress and paired it with different jewelry, shoes and other accessories in an attempt to show women everywhere they can dress professionally for little to no cost just by utilizing what is already in their closet. Stephenson then donated all her accessories to Dress for Success Southern Maine.

"I have a lot of paid opportunities as a blogger, so I'm entering a blogging contest where I'll have boxes set up on Earth Day to collect clothes. If I win the contest, I'll donate the $1,000 prize for Dress to Success Maine, and the clothes will be donated to the Bangor location," said Stephenson.

With the economy the way it is, Allen said Dress for Success is a much needed resource in Maine.

"Now more than ever we must help women get ahead at work and in life," said Allen.

Dress for Success Maine is currently searching for volunteers and donors to support the statewide organization and its efforts. Those interested in helping should log on to for more information.


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