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Schlau Rogers of Laguna Beach concludes its month-long clothing drive in support of job seekers

Schlau Rogers of Laguna Beachwas among theseventy-four law firms and legal businesses and organizations that joined together for the 8th Annual “Suits for a Cause” clothing drive throughout the month of March to donate professional suits to WHW, which provides the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job. 

This year’s “Suits for a Cause” provided over 500 suits and thousands of pieces of business and casual attire and accessories for one of the nonprofit’s largest clothing drives of the year.

As a three-attorney practice, Schlau Rogers personally donated items and also encouraged their network to donate on their behalf throughout March by offering pick-ups by the Schlau Rogers team, personal deliveries, and coordination with local businesses in their network to increase donations.

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Matt Schlau (Principal Attorney), Joshua Rogers (Principal Attorney) and Tom Yacko (Of Counsel).

Said Schlau Rogers’ Principal Attorney Matthew Schlau, “This was our first year being involved with WHW’s ‘Suits for a Cause,’ as Josh, Tom and I formed our practice at the start of 2017. But, we plan on staying involved! Giving back to our community is something we’ve been doing for quite a while. We’re Mater Dei graduates, as well as former members of the baseball team there, which instilled principles like supporting our local community through charitable efforts in all three of us. 

“From the start of our practice, we have continued to incorporate these principles and will continue to do so. We’re focusing our next charitable efforts on helping to assist local pregnant women become self-sufficient and break the cycle of homelessness.”

Schlau Rogers is passionate about helping new and existing businesses succeed, and looks to incorporate ideas, methods and tactics of successful entrepreneurs in counseling their clients. One way they continue to learn is through podcasts and a podcast turned the firm on to the idea of helping job seekers in their local community, which led to their participation with WHW and Suits for a Cause.

In 1993, WHW was founded by two legal professionals and survivors of domestic abuse who had faced the task of rebuilding their self-esteem, and their professional wardrobes, in order to return to the workforce. 

WHW has grown from providing 63 women with professional apparel to help prepare them for interviews 25 years ago to now serving more than 8,000 job seekers (men and women) each year and empowering them to navigate a complex job search with a multitude of tools. 

WHW is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and since its inception, has served over 90,000 job seekers with programs including Employment Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Employment Retention Assistance and Professional Apparel, including interview-appropriate apparel and accessories. 

WHW accepts donations year-round including clothing donations at its Irvine location (2803 McGaw Avenue). 

For more information about Suits for a Cause and the full list of legal firms, groups and companies that participated this year, visithttp://whw.org/contribute/suits-for-a-cause.

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