WAGES (Women's Action to Gain Economic Security)
April 16, 2009
WAGES is an absolutely amazing organization doing very important "green jobs" work. They provide low-income women the training and support they need to form and operate successful worker-owned, environmentally-responsible cleaning cooperatives. WAGES clients are empowered to control their own destinies. They own their business, earn living wages, have health insurance for themselves and their families. WAGES trains coop members in environmentally preferable cleaning practices, using non-toxic products that have been carefully screened. This approach protects the workers and their clients from exposure to toxic chemicals, and reduces environmental impacts.
I became aware of WAGES because two of the coops they formed, Natural Home Cleaning Professionals and Eco-Care Professional Housecleaning, became certified by the program I coordinate, the Bay Area Green Business Program. To be certified, Natural Home and Eco-Care had to demonstrate what they were doing to prevent pollution, conserve energy and water and reduce waste at their office and job sites. The women who operate these businesses are knowledgeable, skillful and motivated to provide excellent, environmentally-friendly service. That is a great testimony to WAGES, the organization that prepared them to succeed.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
seeing the confidence, pride and enthusiasm WAGES coop workers/owners exhibit when speaking about their businesses and their work.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Provide scores of low-income women with the wherewithal to improve their own lives, while offering superior, environmentally-responsible services to customers interested in greener cleaning.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Professional with expertise in this field & Recognized two WAGES cooperatives as Bay Area Green Businesses.