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Pennsylvania Women Work

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Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Single Parent Agencies, Vocational Counseling

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

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pennsylvania Women Work (RISE) has been very constructive helping me access organizations from the job stand point and they were successful in achieving this task within a short time span. They have reached organizations for me, which I felt it has helped ease my stress over the years of failing to secure a job. As a refugee, it is not easy for many of us to easily connect with organizations, particularly in the jobs market. Luckily, RISE under PWW have done exceptionally well with their commitment connecting us with organizations. They have contacted organizations and advocate for me, which is a great thing. I am very grateful for their services including coaching that I have received from Sandra, which is far beyond my description.
Paulo

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pennsylvania Women Work offers a mentoring program called Three Cups of Coffee, in which a woman looking for a job is matched with a woman who is experienced in her field, and they meet 3 times at Crazy Mocha (which gives them free coffee) to discuss issues related to finding the right job and work-life balance. I am very impressed with this program! It’s simple yet effective. I really like my mentor, and we have met several times since completing the official program and have kept in touch. It’s a great way to make a new friend and get useful advice!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I moved back to Pittsburgh from Indiana to be close to my aging parents with my two children in 2016, I had no job, no prospects and no support network. It was an overwhelming situation and I felt more than a bit lost. I was very thankful to get connected with Pennsylvania Women Work. I was matched to a mentor through the 3 Cups of Coffee program, who helped me gain confidence and feel like part of the local professional women. I was soon able to find a position in a new field that gives me a lot of personal satisfaction. I really credit Pennsylvania Women Work with giving me the support I needed to establish myself. Their belief in me was contagious!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm trying to return to the workplace after working out of my field and raising my family. The women in this organization are very supportive and helpful! I attended the New Choices program and learned so much about how to conduct a job search and update my resume. I recommend them to any woman who is ready to find a better future!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Wonderful organization, they have a lot to offer.





Would highly recommend!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a community advisory council member for a little over two years. Pennsylvania Women Work is a much needed resource for women who are seeking to find meaningful work and better support themselves financially and independently. The program serves a wide diverse range of women (socio-economic backgrounds, age, education, and race). The staff is sincere and passionate about the work they do and the women they serve. The training and resources that PA Women's Work offers to these women at no cost is a blessing and gives the women Hope, Hope in a future and Hope in themselves. Pennsylvania Women Work is a much needed organization that must stay around for years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pennsylvania Women Work is a phenomenal resource for women who are seeking to improve their ability to find meaningful work and to better support themselves financially. The program serves a wide variety of women, in terms of socio-economic backgrounds, age, education, and race. I cannot say enough about the training and resources the staff provides at no cost to their clients. As a stay-at-home mom who was striving to return to work, I was blessed to have the opportunity to complete the New Choices Program four years ago. The program enabled me to understand the changes in the job search process and to navigate that process successfully. Thank you, Pennsylvania Women Work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After being a stay-at-home mom for over 10 years, I felt completely unprepared for re-entering the workforce. The New Choices program at Pennsylvania Women Work taught me about the changes in resumes, job interviews, etc., which had happened in those years. This education gave me the tools I needed to re-enter the job market and find meaningful employment. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

While I commend those who have been helped, this organization's name implies they help women throughout the state, they certainly receive state funding. However, quite the contrary. There is little to no effort in helping those outside of Allegheny County. I have received emails from this organization stating they are predominantly serving Allegheny County. Despite my efforts to keep trying to make contacts and progress, nobody provided any beneficial assistance. 3 separate people from the organization kept telling me to change my resume, nobody agreed on anything. It was very frustrating and upsetting.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional psychologist, PA Women Work is high on my list of referrals for women who need the empowerment to change their lives. The program, administration and activities are the best possible and offer the chance to change a person's life and the lives of those close to them. Once women have the resources and the people to lift them up, they find a better life for themselves and their families, in a highly constructive way. I don't know what this area would do without them.

Advisor

Rating: 4

For several years I have been a community advisory council member. Over this time, I have seen the program services, management and administration go from good to great, helping individuals in transition to develop life sustaining wages that support them and their families! I have witnessed graduations and personal testimonials from participants on the positive impact PA Women Work has had on their lives. It pleases me that I and other council members and supporters have done our art to help connect grads to career opportunities. Keep up the great work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with a program that regularly refers women to PAWW - they always report back that they had a great experience and benefited from their participation. Especially with the New Choices group, I often hear that the women appreciated the sense of community and support they got from being with a group of women in similar situations, even though a lot of the participants come from different backgrounds.

LaShaun M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have now successfully engaged my journey! Introduced to PA Women Work when I was a homeless veteran living in a shelter with my two children, I enrolled into the New Choices Program. It was an amazing experience that helped transform my life. They demonstrated a viable curriculum, which helped to magnify my marketable skill set. This combined with a compassionate instructor possessing an incomprehensible understanding of people; kindled a resurgence of progressive self-expectations. I was serviced through the many opportunities available through PA Women Work. In addition to their Career Development class, I also completed courses in: Microsoft Word proficiency, (I had been absent from the work force for 4 years raising my children and was grossly behind in current computer technology), also I completed DDI's globally acclaimed Customer Service course, and the Three Cups of Coffee Program, which targeted my career goals and expanded the possibilities for success. Pennsylvania Women Work has been a significant entity in altering previous socioeconomic factors that were laced with barriers toward my self-sufficiency. I am currently experiencing many successes unabated. Housing, employment, transportation and financial stability have all been accomplished; but not complete. My journey continues as I engage in a business venture to launch my own consulting firm. It is my hope, that through this enterprise, I can contribute to the benevolent light of goodwill, ignited atop the torch held in the many hands of those whose light I found. This light, found uplifted throughout the ranks of Pennsylvania Women Work, will remain an ensign among the nonprofits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWW was suggested after finding myself in an overwhelming season of scary changes. Whenever I heard of others stormy seasons, I always wondered...what are they going to do? I never knew such an amazing organization as PAWW existed or was available to women. I can say experiencing the opportunities and benefits of PAWW is a wealth beyond measure. The women I have met are encouraging, supportive and very helpful. Their personalities are beautiful and they are so caring with everyone! I pray the organization continues as it is an extremely needed well of resources. What a BLESSING to have! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to the program and was blessed with Nueves. She was not only the instructor of the class for the week she is a mentor for LIFE!! The class is very informative and will help you to gain all the necessary skills and confidence for re - entering the workforce.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization. Everyone else has said it better than I could.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At the darkest time in many women's lives, Pennsylvania Women Work gives them hope. This organization and its community of women helping women makes a powerful impact -- the holistic approach to each woman's life and the quality of the attention they are able to give to each client is what sets the organization apart. The culture of the place is special; everyone is treated as a whole person.

ACarducci

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been serving as a mentor through PA Women Work's Three Cups of Coffee program for the past several years. I've had four mentees so far - two just out of college, one with lots of professional experience who had recently relocated to Pittsburgh and wanted to make connections, and one who is looking to get back into the full-time workforce after taking time to raise a child. Women come into the program with a wide variety of situations -- and, as a mentor, I'm able to make the time commitment work easily into my life to help offer guidance from my own career experiences. Two of these women are now employed at my company (!) and my current mentee is on the road to securing full-time employment. It's a highly fulfilling experience that makes an immediate, real-life impact on both sides of the mentorship. I hope to maintain relationships for a lifetime with the wonderful, ambitious mentees I have had the privilege to work with through PA Women Work.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I'm a mentor for the 3 Cups program and can't think of a better way to give women the help and resources they need, wether entering the work place for the first time or re-entering after several years. It's a great way for mentees to have a shoulder to lean on and learn about everything from writing an effective resume and cover letter to the interview process.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An invaluable community partnership was established between Bidwell Training Center (BTC) and Pennsylvania Women Work (PA WW). The referral process’ goal is to minimize barriers for our adult students (both men and women, despite its name) on their road to self-sufficiency. The number one obstacle for our adult students is transportation. Pennsylvania Women Work, thru its partnership with Traveler’s Aid, provides public transportation assistance with monthly bus passes which helps our students overcome a heavy financial burden while attending full-time classes, this becoming our number one resource.

Where the programs of Pennsylvania Women Work meet the necessities of our student population, the staff exceeds in customer service. There is always a willingness to serve our students and communicate with BTC staff in a friendly, eager, and responsive manner. On a regular basis, PA WW reaches out to BTC to survey current student needs and gauge how they can be of service. Occasionally, PA WW staff goes well beyond what is asked by staying after their scheduled work day to reassure that connections are made.

From the beginning of the student experience by being referred to Bidwell Training Center thru Pennsylvania Women Work’s New Choices, New Options and having a support system in pace, to assisting enrolled students with tangible help like transportation and clothing, to preparing graduates with professional development opportunities, there is no other community partner like Pennsylvania Women Work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pennsylvania Woman Work is the best organization which helps Women to achieve their goals. They have plenty of qualities and provide services with a high level of professionalism.