20 Professional Organizers suited up to make over CAMH’s clothing boutique

by Tina ~ February 13th, 2013.

One of the reasons I’m proud to be a member of the Toronto Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) is our commitment to charitable contributions to our city.

Members of Professional Organizers in Canada Toronto Chapter

Members of Professional Organizers in Canada Toronto Chapter

I recently had the privilege of taking part in a hands-on volunteer project to benefit the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  They are Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as a leader in research, clinical care, education, policy development, and health promotion.

CAMH runs a clothing boutique called Suits Me Fine which provides clothes, shoes, accessories, and cosmetics free of charge to its clients. It has recently become so successful and busy that the volunteers working there were overwhelmed by the volume of donated goods. To help with this, we equipped their new storage room with the appropriate organizing tools and containers, and created a customized system to streamline the intake, sorting, and storage of donations.

Back room before 


Store's back room after


I think everyone from the Toronto POC  would agree with me when I say that the experience we had at Suits Me Fine was extremely rewarding and fun! Even better, the feedback we’ve since received from CAMH volunteers confirms the positive impact we’ve had on this community of people. Jim Davey, CAMH Volunteer Coordinator, wrote to say that he “cannot thank [us] enough for the skills, energy, enthusiasm, care and compassion [we] brought with [us] yesterday.”

I always talk about how one of the greatest joys I take in being a professional organizer is transforming my clients’ lives. Getting the opportunity to do this on a bigger scale and reach a large number of people at once was a thrill, and I look forward to many more initiatives like this one!

I’d love to hear during this month of caring how you give back to your community.


Group photo courtesy of CAMH

Before and after photos courtesy of Laura Kay


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