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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a recent college graduate and a mother of four returning to the workforce, I've greatly benefited from the 3 Cups of Coffee program. Having a mentor in my field of study has been invaluable in aligning myself professionally for an environment that is unfamiliar to me. It has also given me hope, confidence and inspiration in a difficult job market. Most of all, it has given me a sense of perspective that although my background may differ from other applicants, I have the core skills required to succeed - it's just a matter of time before things will fall into place.
Pennsylvania Women Work is BY FAR one of the best organizations with which I have ever been involved. There is no greater advocate for the education and empowerment of women in Pennsylvania, and the programming and support services are a model for success throughout the country. I continue to be truly amazed at the achievements of the organization as a whole, as well as, the individuals who complete the program. Outstanding women, outstanding work!
Initially I was brought to this organization through my wife, who has served in various volunteer roles through the years. However, the organization, their programs and dedication to providing customized support never ceases to amaze me. Pennsylvania Women Work may be dedicated to supporting women, but through their programs they are also supporting men, and more importantly families across the Pittsburgh Region to be economically self-sufficient and reach their individual goals of growth and development. If you, or someone you know, is looking to transition to something better - tell them to reach out to Pennsylvania Women Work!
PA Women Work is very active in helping women succeed in business and society. My personal experience with them was in a recent college graduate program designed for men and women; this was a phenomenal networking experience for me both professionally and personally. I look forward to seeing what more this organization does in the future!
Pgh women's work is an outstanding organization. They are knowledable
And resourceful. First rate organization
I've been involved with PA Women Work through the BNY Mellon "3 Cups of Coffee" program. I've met some amazing women with numerous struggles, who are determined to overcome adversity and move forward with a fresh start and a new career. I've enjoyed every coffee session and have grown as a mentor over the past 4 years. It is such a great feeling to see your mentees with a hopeful attitude when you are helping them with their resumes or interviewing skills. Even more rewarding is to hear from a past mentee thanking you because they were able to secure employment with your help. I can't say enough good things about this program and PA Women Work!
This is a great organisation. We need to publicize their efforts through the roof tops. I was privileged to volunteer for the three cups of coffee program. I have met women from very different walks of life going through unimaginable challenges but who are resilient besides the odds. This organisation gives them the support, encouragement and tools to take the next step in improving their lot in life or connecting with other women who can assist, guide and encourage. I learnt humility, empathy and courage by volunteering.
As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, I am so grateful that Pa Women Work accepted me onto their Board of Directors, serving as a Student Board Member for the 2016 year. Serving on the Board has provided me with insight into many facets of the organization that have really augmented my student experience and knowledge of how nonprofits function. The wonderful and devoted staff have impressed and inspired me with their endless dedication to their mission. Through my time on the Board, I've seen firsthand all of the hard work Pa Women Work puts in to serve women in the state of Pa. They are the best!
I commend PA Women Work for the fine work that they do in this community. I am aware of many women whose lives they have dramatically improved. It has been my extreme pleasure to serve others through them over the years. Lately I have been quite ill and I require round the clock nursing care in my home. I always am much more comfortable when my nurses have been enrolled in PA Women Work programs. Kudos to them and to the people whom they serve. —Linda A. Dickerson, Principal, 501(c)(3)2