Career Wardrobe Overview
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Target demographics: Low-income women transitioning into the workforce in Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,500 in 2009
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Sort the estimated $500,000 worth of clothing donated to us every year by women in our community!
Review resumes and meet one-on-one with women who need assistance with their job search.
Be a "personal shopper" for a woman who needs to find the outfit that will make her look and FEEL like a million dollars for her upcoming job interview!
Geographic areas served: Southeastern Philadelphia
Programs: In the past 14 years, The Career Wardrobe has grown from a grassroots organization run solely by volunteers to the nation's largest, independent community-based organization dedicated to assisting women successfully transition to work by providing professional attire, networking opportunities and career skills training. Our unique services start with providing free professional clothing and image consultation to teach women how to make a positive first impression. But our mission is more than clothes - we help women arrive at a level of self-confidence that enables them to improve their lives and achieve independence. The increased self-esteem that comes from securing and maintaining employment not only helps individual women, but contributes to stable families, which, in turn, improves to the viability and safety of our communities. Current programs include: * Professional Dressing and Image Consultation: to provide interview, training or work attire for women transitioning to employment. * Gateway to Success Educational Programs: professional development seminars and Dress to Impress workshops. * Beauty Basics: beauty products and toiletry items to provide the "finishing touch" for a clients' new outfit. * Resume Review and Mock Interviews: one-on-one feedback and resume critique provided by volunteer human resources professionals so clients look great on paper, too! * Professional Women's Network: peer networking and mentoring program for alumni of The Career Wardrobe to help them maintain employment and continue to be motivated to advance in their new careers.