I presented "CRAVE Your Goals!" to the professional women's group and was impressed by their attention, enthusiasm, mutual support and commitment to put these empowering principles into practice.
Dress for success creates new worlds for women – weather it is volunteering or in offering services to women in need. I love the opportunity to be able to support an organization that has heart and empowers women with their programs and services.
Dress for Success Atlanta has a great mission and one that I am happy to support. Helping underprivileged women find jobs and get dressed for success is such a powerful cause and DFSA is the best! As an organization they are very organized and will do what it takes to fundraise and find the resources necessary to support their mission. The only thing that I feel would help the organization to be better would be to use more outside advertising for events to gain awareness. More people would come if they were using more than just facebook, twitter and the website.
I came to DFS Atlanta in 2001 when I moved from NYC. With my employment file transferred to the Atlanta branch, I was assured a job. No one told me the job was in Tucker, unable to be reached by MARTA. For the first time in my life I was unemployed. I also lost my apartment application. Me and my six year old was living with my sister in her one bedroom apartment sleeping on the floor. I applied for emergency food stamps and was told that I would have to join a job readiness program. I was referred to DFS Atlanta. Thats when my life changed for the better. I found a job, got an apartment, completed college, learned leaderships skills. It has been a life changing experience that has made me more productive and confident as a women.
each year Dress for Success Atlanta serves an increasing number of women via our suiting programs, Career Center, and Professional Women's group. In 2009, 1750 women were served. Things that we can do to strengthen the organization: - create more and deeper partnerships with companies and other organizations in order to generate consistent funding sources - drive awareness of and participation in the Professional Women's group program
Like many smaller non-profits, DFS-A struggles to bring in the financial contributions that it needs to sustain its operations. Spreading the word about DFS-A is an important task that I am only happy to do. Once people know about DFS-A, they want to support it. Keeping it on the top of donor's radar is the hard part with all of the other worthy organizations that exist in the area.
Having worked with a variety of non-profits over the past few years, I have not seen many where the board and the staff really made a sincere effort to do EVERYTHING in the best interest of the clients we serve. Our biggest issue is the ability to tap in to the community and the resources where we can get the BIG dollars. With the global name DFS has, there is no reason we should not be able to get 10x what we are receiving in donations.
I attended our major fundraiser which was a fundraiser at the Palomar to honor champions who have supported our chapter. It was a wonderful event that honored our champions and our key speaker was Joi Gordon who gave a very inspiratonal speech about how she became involved in Dress for Success. It was a great way to start the day.
I recently went to support the Professional Women’s Group. I went tired, not wanting to go because there was so much to do and the BEST thing I did all month was going. The women there were so inspiring, having gone thru difficult times in life; they still had a positive attitude and have kept moving up and pulling others up with them. Experiencing this as a board member makes me proud of this organization that supports women from the inside to the outside, Thank you!
As a volunteer, I've seen first hand how Dress for Success Atlanta changes lives. The suit is just part of a more in-depth process that helps a woman prepare for her job interview, sharpen her skills and confidence while looking for a job and retain and grow in her job once employed.
Dress For Success Atlanta makes such dramatic change in every client with what they do. A woman with no confidence walks in & leaves as a whole other person. Being able to help Dress For Success Atlanta is so gratifying cause results are so noticeable almost immediatly! I hope to stay involved for a long time, we love how it helps Women grow...
As a volunteer with DFS-A, I have the opportunity to spend my time behind the scenes sorting donations, or assisting with a job fair. The most emotionally rewarding role is working directly with clients to assist them with career counseling, doing mock job interviews, and reviewing their resumes, or helping to create one. The most fun is the role of Career Image Consultant. The time spent helping women select an outfit for a job interview is SO rewarding. Most of the clients have never worn a suit. Many don't want to try a suit, or "get all dressed up". But when they look in the mirror, and see a new empowered woman looking back at them...it is AMAZING. Their self esteem is improved beyond measure. They are more confident and feel good about their future prospects. It is truly transforming.
Donating suits was my first experiene with Dress for Success. Then I had the wonderful experience of seeing those suits in the DFS showroom and received training as a personal shopper. It was a great experience -- not only sharing in the excitment of helping women shop but in hearing their eagerness to do well at the job interview that was upcoming. There is nothing more powerful than seeing a women achieve self-sufficiency and Dress for success gives them the tools to make that happen. Their mission is dead on; their execution well-organized and supportive and your experiences always leave you feeling like your time and effort is well spent and appreciated.
Dress for Success has made a significant difference in the lives of many young women in Atlanta. They have enabled women to dress appropriately for an interview, and also have some clothing to start work. It is amazing how much difference this makes in helping women find employment. The organization is excellent and well-run, and it truly empowers women.
After retirement, I decided that I wanted to volunteer for Dress for Success Atlanta(DFSA) on a regular basis. With other women I had been a part of the Atlanta organization that was DFSA forerunner, but had to step back in order to devote the needed time to my career in education. I have been giving my time on a weekly basis for the last twenty months. Currently I work one day a week as Career Image Consultant helping women find appropriate interview apparel as well as providing them with the confidence to believe in themselves. As a member of the Board of Directors, I try to bring the voice of the volunteer as well as the organizational skills I used in my previous career.
My first experience, in 1997, was as a "Personal Shopper", working one-on-one helping women choose career-appropriate attire for job interviews. It was the most rewarding volunteer experience I'd ever had - instant gratification, seeing the transformation in the woman's appearance and attitude. Later I helped start the Professional Women's Group, a career development program for clients who have landed jobs. It is great to see them come back, employed. Dress for Success Atlanta's programs fill needs that no other local organization does.
Dress for Success is a wonderful agency helping to empower women with clothing, direction and guidance, and most importantly, knowledge. I am amazed at the dedication of the Board of Directors for DFS-Atlanta. They work tirelessly, while most of them are maintaining and growing their own careers. This is truly a "working Board." They truly have a heart to help women who are in need. Even though I don't work directly with the clients, I love hearing and reading the wonderful experiences of the clients and how DFS has assisted them.