Money, Money, Money
We've been hard at work over the last week getting essential supplies and getting the storefront set up properly. Sharp Dressed Man moved from 2,000 square feet to over 20,000 - and an upgrade of that size does not come easily!
Luckily we've had a lot of help from friends and supporters in the community, as well as an amazing team of volunteers who are working hard right now to get us spic and span by Wednesday, May 11 for our Community Open House!
But wait, if your suits are free, then it shouldn't cost too much to make your program run, right?
Well, kind of. Without taking consideration into time and effort from staff and volunteers, here's a quick peek of what we've been spending your donations on lately:
Some of our Recent Expenses:
- Renting a U-Haul for 2 days - we cleared out several truck fulls of junk from the new store, took two trucks full of metal to the scrap yard, picked up donations, made 4 trips to Home Depot for supplies, and collected two trucks worth of office furniture donations from our friends at MedStar!
- Home Depot - we've been sprucing up the shop - building temporary dressing rooms while we finalize plans for permanent, custom-designed ones from our friends at Cosette, cleaning supplies, light bulbs, ceiling tiles, paint, a ladder to hang said lightbulbs...
- Marketing and Printing - we're a small non-profit without an existing donor base, so the only way we can connect with our friends and fans is through email and social media. Paying for advertising to ensure our message gets seen as well as printable items to give away - brochures, postcards, and information business cards - are all really important as the community is learning about our services
- Loading Dock - have you heard about this non-profit? They employ men and women to collect used building supplies and resell to the general public at a large discount! We've been using them for floor covering and other supplies. They are great!
- Signage - investing in vinyl window signage means our friends, fans, supporters, and clients can all find us when they come to visit. It also simplifies the mission in an easy to understand way for passersby who are curious about the "new suit shop".
- Supplies - If we are going to suit 2,000 men in Baltimore this year, we need to have supplies to make it happen! Things like wooden hangers, garment bags, markers, clothing tags, and retail fixtures.
This is not even covering the basics that make a business run - Internet and phone access, subscription costs to maintain databases of clients and new donors, and people power! We are busy applying for grant opportunities and speaking with organizations about ways to connect to fund our operations, but Wednesday is coming, and we have to be ready.