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OCPRSA Answers the Call to Help Orange County Nonprofit Working Wardrobes

Working Wardrobes Fire

(Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

by Elena Bosch, OCPRSA Community Service Chair

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 2, a four-alarm fire engulfed one of the area’s most prominent nonprofits, Working Wardrobes, destroying the Irvine-based headquarters and three decades of history helping job seekers find stable employment and job training.

Many members of our OCPRSA community were contacted for assistance when the tragedy hit. Thanks to the outpouring of support of public relations professionals around the county, social media posts calling for donations spread quickly, and communications specialists were able to assist with messaging and strategy almost immediately.

Still, Working Wardrobes needs our help. Here’s what our community can do immediately to aid in the rebuilding of Working Wardrobes:

Donate Clothing: OCPRSA will be collecting new and gently used business casual and professional clothing for Working Wardrobes at our upcoming events: Morning Coffee with the Media, APR Study Session Kick-Off and PR Gives Back. We ask that all clothing be clean and on hangers. Specifically, heavy clear plastic hangers with metal hooks are preferred. The nonprofit cannot accept clothing in bags as they have no hangers at this time.

Make a Financial Contribution: According to spokesperson Devon Poer, monetary contributions are needed most as the organization works to rebuild operations and provide services. To make a financial donation, visit:

Volunteer Your Time: The nonprofit is also looking for volunteers to help setup their temporary site at the Goodwill Fitness Center in Santa Ana. If you would like to volunteer your time, please complete the following form at: OCPRSA will also be hosting a give-back day in the weeks to come. Stay tuned for more info.

For more information about Working Wardrobes and their efforts to rebuild, visit

OCPRSA will continue to keep members updated on ways to stay involved as our community comes together to help this deserving cause.

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