Pennsylvania Women Work

Rating: 4.88 stars   24 reviews

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Location: 650 Smithfield Street Suite 520 Pittsburgh PA 15222 USA

Mission: The mission of Pennsylvania Women Work is to deliver personalized career development programs that result in family-sustaining wages for displaced homemakers and individuals in career transition across the state of Pennsylvania.
Results: Each year, Pennsylvania Women Work provides services to more than 5,000 women, assisting them in achieving economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. The New Choices Career Development program serves more than 3,000 women annually, placing more than 2,000 in jobs or training and generating government savings of over $3 million through a decrease in welfare, food stamps, unemployment, and medical assistance.
Programs: New Choices, 3 Cups of Coffee™, Leadership Day, Career Conference
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 25-1705976
412-742-4362
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer with PA Women Work for about a year and have seen firsthand how well-organized and dedicated the staff are at making sure everyone who enrolls in their 3 Cups of Coffee mentoring program gets what they need. I really like their focus on women to women mentoring and that they encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment. It is wonderful to see an organization who truly cares for their community and lives for their mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a graduate of the "New Choices, New Options" program. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to go through this wonderful program. I had been recently widowed and had been unable to find work to support myself and didn't really know how I was going to be able to move on and become a part of the working class again. this program gave me my self confidence back and all the tools I needed to get to where I am now. I am working at a job I really enjoy and also working on starting my own business in the near future. This program needs to be rewarded for what it does for individuals like me who can then be a benefit to the whole society. It needs and deserves to be funded.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am graduate of New Choices in Altoona. I learned about the program when my plant closed down last March through carreerlink. I enjoyed it very much. There was a lot of opportunities out there that I wasn't aware of without the help of New Choices. I actually enrolled in YTI to further my education into a different field. I am 57 years old and starting over in life. Without the help of New Choices I would have been lost.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hello, I am a graduate of the Altoona New Choices Program; 2014. I found out about the program through the Altoona Community Education Classes that I was attending there while going through a difficult time in my life. The New Choices Program has helped me in so many ways. The inspirational stories of others and how they got through their hard moments in life, and meeting new friends, has helped me to see that I wasn't the only one out there, when sometimes I felt like it. There were many wonderful, uplifting guest speakers from many agencies that came to speak to us on topics like self worth, self esteem, never too old to go back to college to be self sufficient, and more. To keep moving and don't sit around at home feeling sorry for yourself. To check the newspapers, Career Link, the Altoona Library, and how to network with others. Tammie Fleck, and the program has been so helpful to me. I am now working again and feeling happy. I pray it continues to help many more people. Thank-you Tammie, and the New Choices Program!!! Donna Smeltzer.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I graduated from New Choices New Options 2 years ago. I was a single mom with 3 kids, and had a part time job. While I liked my part-time job, it was not fulfilling. I knew there was something more for me. I originally had planned to return to school. While touring our local Vo-tech, I learned about the New Choices program and I enrolled. It was the best decision I could have made at that time. I completed the course, and a few days later, completely by chance, I was called for an interview working with people who would be returning to get their GED's. I couldn't believe it, I had just learned about these services by going through New Choices! I aced the interview, and now, 2 years later, I have obtained a full time job as an executive secretary. My dream has come true! New Choices New Options gave me the guidance I needed, the knowledge I needed, to push myself to the next level.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This program far exceeds any other that is offered by local employment offices, or ready to work programs. New Choices provides more than opportunity - it provides many a chance to realize personal potential, awakens a renewed sense of self-worth, and instills a sense of accomplishment and inspiration. This program is valuable in ways that are not necessarily tangible . Having worked with New Choices clients, I never ceased to be amazed at the transformation, both professionally and personally, each person experienced.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more accessible to clients needing this opportunity - its heavy reliance on grant funding does not allow this program to reach its full potential within the group it could benefit the most.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found myself at a major transition point as I reentered the work force after 17 years as a stay-at-home mom. I had no computer skills, no direction for my "second act" and no confidence. The career development class helped me to develop a resume and provided a support system. The computer classes gave me the neccesary skills to go out and find a job that I love. After I completed the coursework I volunteered at PAWW at their clothing closet and at their Circle of Hope annual fundraiser. I wanted to give back to an organization that had done so much for me. Last October I was honored as one of the 2013 "Women of Courage" because of the changes I had made to my life and my career. None of those changes would have been possible without Pennsylvania Women Work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see them bring back their Wear to Work closet. Gently used professional clothing was donated and then made available to women for interviews. Unfortunately our Pittsburgh location just didn't have the office space to continue this part of the nonprofit. It was great to see what a confidence booster a new outfit could be for our clients.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I Started PAWW without any focus and any goal in my life. Today I am busy going to school and working. New Choices had given me the opprtunnity to believe in myself and dream on a real future for me and my family.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My connection with PAWW began as an intern. Since moving on from my internship, I have remained connected to the organization as a member of the Corporate Advisory Committee. I have seen firsthand the impact that PAWW makes in the lives of clients and in the community. The programs provided by PAWW give women a chance to not only secure a job, but a career. With that comes confidence, relief, and a better life. This organization is constantly looking for more effective ways to serve clients. PAWW and the women who participate in it are truly an inspiration!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The New Choices program at Temple University is a program that allows students to articulate their gifts and expand on their goals while learning how to juggle home and other issues. I had a GREAT instructor Ms. Debra Mitchell and I would recommend this program.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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