Working Gear’s mandate is to relieve poverty by providing interview clothing and industry appropriate clothing and gear to low-income or unemployed individuals in search of employment.
Many of our clients have been unemployed for long periods and cannot afford the clothing needed to find a job. Many have difficulty accessing paid employment because they lack appropriate attire. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate this barrier to unemployment.
We do this by providing free good quality used or new clothing and gear, from construction clothing and steel-toed boots to business casual attire and suits. We also offer a barber service. Clients are referred to Working Gear’s shop by appointment through community agencies assisting the unemployed.
Working Gear is a registered charitable non-profit society. We are primarily run by volunteers and have been operating in Vancouver, B.C., since 2007. We rely on the generous support of individuals and the business community for both clothing and funding. All financial donations go directly to supporting our work and we rely on volunteers to provide our services. Together we can give unemployment the boot!
Board of Directors
Working Gear is almost entirely managed and run by a team of volunteers. We have a diverse volunteer Board of Directors and Advisors, who are all dedicated to ensuring the organization is a success. Click on each team member’s name to find out more about them.
Sarah Beley, Director
Sarah Beley leads Working Gear in its mission to relieve poverty by providing essential clothing to unemployed and low-income individuals as they transition back into the workforce. As the non-profit organization’s sole employee, Sarah guides a team of volunteers to support her in all functions.
An active member of the local community, Sarah forges strong partnerships with local employment agencies, homeless shelters and community organizations to ensure Working Gear helps everyone who needs it.
In Working Gear’s shop, Sarah manages both back and front-of-house operations alongside the organization’s volunteer Operations Manager, Barb Miura. Most recently, Sarah created an on-site barber shop so clients can get a haircut and present their best face on the job. More often than not, she is the friendly face greeting clients as they walk through the door and helping them find the right gear.
Sarah has a degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Dialogue Communications, and a graduate diploma in Sustainable Community Development.
In 2015, Sarah completed the prestigious Radius Fellowship program, a premium development for emerging social innovators. In 2019, she received the City of Vancouver’s Award of Excellence, which recognizes those who lead projects that create a thriving, healthy, and liveable city for everyone.