Advanced Advocacy and Central Union Mission Partner for the 7th Annual Charity Suit Drive

Advanced Advocacy once again partnered with Central Union Mission to host its seventh annual Charity Suit Drive, a community initiative aimed at providing professional attire to individuals in need. This year, the effort collected over 240 suits and other lightly used men’s business apparel including shirts, pants, ties, and shoes. ZIPS Dry Cleaners also played an integral role in the success of this suit drive by providing complimentary dry cleaning services for all donated items. 

“We are excited to once again partner with Central Union Mission to host this successful effort. Over the past seven years, we have provided nearly 1,500 men’s business suits to help eliminate barriers for people entering and re-entering the workforce," said Andrew Kovalcin, Principal at Advanced Advocacy

According to Joe Mettimano, President and CEO of Central Union Mission, “The Charity Suit Drive has made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals, helping them feel confident and prepared for job interviews and other professional opportunities. The effort is not only supporting individuals at Central Union Mission but also our community partners throughout the greater Washington, D.C., region.”

Beyond the core services of nutritious food and safe, clean beds, Central Union Mission offers several life-changing programs for men. The Restoration & Transformation Program helps them overcome addictions, reconcile with family, study the Bible and take responsibility for their attitudes and actions. Men can also join the Workforce Development & Education Program, which offers employment readiness training and soft skills, actual hands-on, wage-earning work in a mentored setting and finally, placement in an outside job and independent living situation.

“We are pleased to support Advanced Advocacy and Central Union Mission and honor the great work they do,” said Brett Vago, ZIPS founding owner and owner of five ZIPS locations.

For more information about the Charity Suit Drive or how to support Central Union Mission, please contact Megan Schmoll, Vice President of Development, at 202-827-3078 or

About Central Union Mission:

Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the oldest private social service agency in Washington, D.C. 

About Advanced Advocacy:

Advanced Advocacy is an independent advocacy and public affairs firm that specializes in issue campaigns, coalition management, third parties and alliances, grassroots activation, and community engagement.

About ZIPS Cleaners: 

Founded in 1996 and franchising since 2006, ZIPS Dry Cleaners is an aggressively expanding dry cleaning franchise known for its same-day, one-price business model. Today, there are more than 50 ZIPS stores open and operating in six states, with more than 250 additional locations in various stages of development. 

Source: Central Union Mission

About Central Union Mission

Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the oldest private social service agency in Washington, DC. In addition to its emergency shelter, which provides more than 60,000 bed-nights each year, the Mission operates holistic, Christ-centered transformation and workforce development programs for men, provides benefits for veterans, helps people overcome addictions, operates a food and clothing distribution center which provides food for over 4,000 people each month, runs a camp for underprivileged children, and offers a ministry to families and senior citizens. Charity Navigator has rated Central Union Mission a three-star charity, Candid awarded Central Union Mission a Gold Seal for our financial transparency, and GreatNonProfits has given Central Union Mission a Top-Rated award.

Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC