Allegheny County Bar Association is Calling All Suits

Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaOctober 2, 2008.  Members of the Public Service Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association have announced the start of its Calling All Suits clothing drive that will run throughout October. This strictly business suit drive will benefit Project Employ, which offers career counseling to clients who may have been homeless or incarcerated.

Organizers have a goal of collecting at least 250 business suits, for both men and women, and are requesting that suits be laundered, in good condition, and not dated since they will be worn by Project Employ clients on job interviews. Collection sites are located on the 4th floor of the Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Ave. at the headquarters of the Allegheny County Bar Association and also at the offices of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser in the Frick Building, Suite 501, 437 Grant Street.

According to Dana A. Levine, Esquire, who is co-chairing the drive on behalf of the Public Service Committee, the idea for Calling All Suits resulted from the bar association’s request for its members to come up with ways to impact at least 250 more area residents in October in recognition of the city’s of Pittsburgh’s 250 birthday. “We were aware of the great work being done by Project Employ and of their need, and we just knew that through the generosity of the general public and the legal community we could make a difference through this project.”

According to Jay Blechman, president of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “While our members volunteer thousands of hours each year in the community, we have asked them to do one more thing in October to impact 250 lives. And they are responding with worthwhile and creative ideas such as Calling All Suits.”

The Public Service Committee is participating in the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Impact 250 Program, which will run the month of October 2008. Impact 250 recognizes the 250th birthday of the city of Pittsburgh and continues to ensure that legal information and assistance is made available to those who need it. Bar association members have been asked to distribute information, conduct legal education programs, and organize community outreach programs that will impact at least 250 area residents.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,500 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators and paralegals.

Project Employ offers career counseling for clients who may have been homeless or incarcerated. They serve individuals who are referred by Light of Life Shelter, Renewal, HEARTH house, Deborah House, Women’s Place, YWCA, YMCA, Lydia’s Place, Miryam’s, Bethlehem Haven and Adult Parole/Probation.