In addition to their delicious baked goods and lovely ambiance, Connie’s Bakery and General Store, owned by Connie Milstein, has a giving vehicle called Foundation Sweet Success. Through this, they donate 100% of their after-tax profits to charitable organizations each year. They target six non-profit organizations and divide their funds equally among them each year.
One of these organizations is called Career Closet. This group provides free office clothes and other services through the Briarcliff Congregational Church in Briarcliff Manor. Career Closet clients have the opportunity to select four outfits for the spring and summer season, and then to return for another four outfits for the fall and winter season. Recipients are those who are recommended by a job-training or counseling program. They can shop by appointment on Saturday from 9:30 to noon.
Volunteers help the recipients select clothing at Career Closet. At the same time, they offer job interviewing sessions at the participants homes or at transitional housing shelters.