Dress for Success Worldwide Overview
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New York 10016
Target demographics: While the women who are referred to Dress for Success come from many different backgrounds, they all have at least two things in common: They are not currently economically self-sufficient and they are seeking to obtain and maintain meaningful employment. Over half of these women (57%) receive public assistance. The low-income, underserved, and under-represented women that we support encounter multiple barriers to employment. Some of these barriers include a lack access to technology and professional skills training, financial literacy, and a higher education. In addition to those barriers, many of the jobs available to these women are in low wage industries that offer no benefits and little or no chance for advancement. Dress for Success helps women to overcome these barriers by providing lifelong support that enables them to develop professionally and reach their full potential in all stages of life.
Our clients range in age from 16 to over 75. Of the women who have been referred to Dress for Success, 43% of them do not have any post-secondary education and 53% have less than a high school or equivalent degree. Nearly 84% are single mothers raising, on average, two to three children under the age of 18. Additionally, many of our clients have older children still living at home and an increasing number have reported that they care for their parents or grandchildren as well. In addition to family concerns, the underserved women that Dress for Success assists most often come from equally neglected communities, in need of a well-trained and confident workforce.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Dress for Success serves more than 50,000 disadvantaged women around the world each year.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Dress for Success, please go to: http://www.dressforsuccess.org/supportdfs_volunteer.aspx
Geographic areas served: International
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