For the third year in a row, NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers committee is sponsoring “Pay It Forward,” a charity drive centered around the annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which is taking place this week in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were asked to bring gently used business attire to the show, which will then be donated to this year’s charity, Dress for Success San Antonio.
The clothing will be distributed to disadvantaged local women to promote “economic security and self sufficiency through job preparation and career development programs.” Typically the donated attire is worn for job interviews. Begun in 2011 at the conference in Savannah, the initial drive accumulated 74 clothing items. That number more than doubled last year in San Diego, and clothing drive organizer Debbi Laux expects this year’s tally to rise even higher given the publicity this year’s effort has received through various social media platforms.
“The idea was if everybody could bring just one piece of clothing, it would make a tremendous difference in the lives of many,” said Laux, who is MedAire’s director of trade relations and sales support. “One way or another it shows that the scheduling and dispatching community is just an outstanding group that is generous and willing to help those a little less fortunate than themselves.”
Industry members who could not attend the show can also make financial donations via the Dress for Success San Antonio website (specify “Pay It Forward” in the “designation” box in the online donation form). Petroleum company and NBAA member Vallero, which is based in San Antonio, recently donated $1 million to the charity to support its efforts in securing a new building.