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Causes: Employment, Job Training

Mission: The mission of WHW is to provide the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job.

Results: A good job is more than a paycheck.  It is essential to creating a stable, safe and educated community.  With a good job families can afford safe housing; they can provide healthy meals for their children; they can have access to quality healthcare, and teens can stay in school to get a good education, rather than dropping out and going to work to help support their families.  A good job is not the solution to every problem in our community, but a good job is a long-term solution to many of them.  And WHW is proud to be part of that solution. 2017-2018 WHW Highlights -over 10,000 Job Seekers participated in WHW’s Employment Success Program -823 WHW Employment Readiness Workshops and 751 Computer Training Classes were provided at no charge -1,570 Job Seekers received Professional Apparel and Accessories at no charge -2,000+ Volunteers provided over 25,000 hours of service to WHW’s mission -275 Nonprofit partners referred their clients to WHW for assistance in finding a good job -WHW Corporate Supporters held 39 Clothing Drives to support WHW Job Seekers -79% of WHW Job Seekers are employed within 3 months! -After obtaining employment, the household income of WHW Job Seekers increased by over 560%. One Job Seeker summed it up this way: “Please accept my sincere gratitude for helping and coaching me during my job seeking journey. I could not have done it without your help. Each and every one of you have touched me in a very special way that I will never forget. And now, I am so proud that it is my turn to ring the Bell of Success!”

Target demographics: the unemployed and underemployed.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000+ job seekers will be ready for employment success!

Geographic areas served: Orange County, California

Programs: WHW is a non-profit organization which provides the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job. Since 1993, WHW has served over 90,000 job seekers referred by over 275 partner agencies at no charge. Each year thousands of job seekers participate in programs focused on equipping them to be the most marketable candidate for the job they seek. Programs include Employment Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Employment Retention Support and Professional Apparel. For more information on WHW and how to support our job seekers, please visit www.whw.org.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Came to WHW back in September 2017 while in the midst of being unemployed and being in an abusive relationship, which led to a major depressive episode. I love literally everything about this organization! The classes and group discussions were always super helpful in addition to the rest of the resources they offer. If I had to select the number #1 thing that helped me the most in my job search, it would be support staff that work here. They were always encouraging and rooting for you to rock an interview and hopefully get a job offer. Thanks to them, I got a job offer within 3 months of going to their workshops. Not only that, but I finally managed to get myself out of my abusive relationship less than a month after starting my new job. Thank you WHW! Without you, I would not be happily employed and living my best life. I am blessed to have had the pleasure of coming across this organization and its amazing staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great experience, learned how to take care of a family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at WHW I've had the opportunity to personally witness the impact that this organization has on so many people's lives. WHW offers a variety of different computer classes and workshops and even provides professional work attire. Perhaps the most powerful thing I've gotten to see though are the clients regaining their confidence that all too often gets lost during the difficult transition stage. This organization is truly incredible and is such a treasure to our community. I wish that every community had access to an organization such as WHW.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to WHW in 2015 when the office was located in Santa Ana, I was able to take some classes then. I decided to go back to school instead of working at that time. Fast forward to 2018 I was done with school and needed help on how to find a job. I remembered WHW and how helpful they were back in 2015. I decided to go back to WHW, I took as many classes as I could. The one that helped me the most was Mastering the Interview. It taught me how to tell someone about me. It also gave great insight on possible questions that an interview would ask. I went over these questions until I was able to answer with confidence but not sound like a memorized answer. I said them in the mirror and watched my expressions. I eventually got enough confidence to be recorded and of course have it be erased, of a mock interview. WHW is the place to go if you are unemployed or underemployed. They help you even with professional clothing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of dealing with WHW through my employer since it's inception. I've been consistently impressed by their professionalism, their passion to help their clients, and their ability to adapt and grow to help so many more in need. I've gladly supported WHW with both money and clothing over the years. I've recently been laid off after two decades and WHW immediately came to mind as a resource to help build my resume and polish up interviewing skills. So, it looks like I'll be transitioning from donor to client and then soon back to donor!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years my job site has been a drop off donation site. It all started by having a clothing drive every November, from there on the program was so successful we decided to have it all year long.
I cannot tell you how proud I am to support this organization. I'm lucky enough to have a great job now, but as I listen and read other clients from WHW you can have life changing event at any time.
I'm happy to support this great organization and be part of the growth they have accomplished in their 25 years of existence.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with WHW for over 12 years and they have been such a tremendous organization for the community and helping those who really need help.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved as a supporter with WHW by attending their annual Club 259 Breakfast and Annual Fundraiser Fashion Show and Silent Auction. Each time I have attended events, I see that WHW acts as a positive, worthwhile and supportive organization in the community. WHW influences so many lives. Thank you WHW for all that you do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I believe my story is not different from any one person's story when you're unemployed. It is a struggle. I started to second guess myself with feeling I did not have value...

I was employed for 20 years with the same firm. Everyday was met with purpose. Then, I resigned because my workplace was mentally and physically taking a toll on me. I was met with an unfamiliar landscape. I had not looked for a job in many years. No longer do you apply for jobs with paper, no longer do you get to speak to a person... Everything is now electronically processed and done online. I was LOST.

In my job search, I was introduced to WHW. I was not aware of what they had to offer. I attended a workshop on how to build a resume. When a person walks through their doors, you are greeted with people who are sincere and genuinely wanted to help. I felt no judgment on their part. For the first time in months, their volunteers had me feeling like I mattered. I did not have to be alone. I started to believe in myself again. I am so impressed with how this organization is run. I am so thankful for their staff and volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was suggested WHW when I was unemployed. I was impressed with the people and the various training available to bring up my skills. I am now employed and still attend monthly events. I have recommended WHW for others who are job hunting. Vanessa Gray

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women helping women is an enormous resource and comfort to individuals that are looking for a job. I am an instructor and see the excitement and confidence in participants that attend the various courses offered. Many attendees need to brush up on their skills or learn new skills. The expertise of the staff as well as their compassionate nature makes a difference and encourages attendees to go for it and how to put their best foot forward. Women helping women is a valuable asset to the community and to its people. Having a place to go to learn and grow and reevaluate ones talents while only paying for transportation to get there is remarkable in today's world. I wish women helping women was around years ago when I went through a difficult transition. I definitely would have treasured it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with WHW, and it has been a blast. I work as a donation assistant volunteer, and I know I am helping for the greater good.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently retired and was searching for a volunteer opportunity where I could give back using what life has taught me.

One day my daughter toured WHW and was so impressed with what she saw, she called me immediately from her car after leaving. She described WHW and said she thought it would be the perfect fit with my HR background and experience. She was right!

The job-seekers are so appreciative of the work we do at WHW. And for the volunteers, it is so rewarding seeing people grow, gain confidence and land their dream job. I highly recommend WHW if you are a job-seeker or volunteer. It is a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with WHW since 2016 and have loved each interaction. I loved what they were doing to empower women by helping them rejoin the work force. Many of the women they helped were coming out of difficult situations and it felt good to participate in a process that brought positive energy into their lives. When Women Helping Women became WHW and started providing support to men as well I was even more impressed because now they are able to impact even more people. What I loved best is that WHW is right in my community. Whether it's a clothing drive or volunteering at the WHW facility, I feel a part of something special. WHW is an amazing organization that is doing great work.

Rachel C.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thus far, seeing Job Seekers ring the bell of success after successfully obtaining a job has been the highlight of my time at WHW. It's invigorating to see growth. Cheers to WHW for 25 years of success serving the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience, and easy to work with. This is a nice facility with trusted professionals who want to help any interested parties. It was great to be a volunteer here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I originally got involved with WHW while in transition from a highly specialized technical position I held for just under 15 years. Their program was perfect for what I needed: they helped me cope with the loss of my "beloved career," their extremely knowledgeable staff and volunteers helped me give my professional image the overhaul it needed; they helped me with make my resume current to job seeker trends; they helped me with my interview skills; they helped me with fresh job leads from their extensive network of partners.

What a great experience! It was such a pleasure working with them and everyone involved in their programs that it made me want to give back, seeking volunteer opportunities and helping to spread the word!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I originally came to WHW as a client because I wanted to sharpen my computer skills. I learned so much in the computer classes that I started attending their career workshops as well. What I love about WHW is that the people they bring in to teach the workshops are professionals still currently in the business world. These are people who do it on a daily basis and they know what employers are looking for in a job candidate and they help us prepare for the current job market.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at WHW for almost 3 years now and I continue to be amazed at how many people the organization serves in Orange County and how they do it so successfully with limited resources. Not only does WHW help clients build resumes, prepare for interviews and search for employment opportunities, they empower their clients to find and keep jobs. This is not an organization that gives handouts---rather, WHW wants people to believe in themselves and to put in the work that is needed to be a valuable member of the community. Serving the clients of WHW is one of the greatest blessings I have received.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WHW is an incredible organization making great strides in our communities. WHW is an organization of empowerment promoting a motto of "It's a hand up - not a hand out". They offer the whole package from skills training, to mock interviews, and professional apparel. WHW offers a positively transformational and empowering experience for job seekers and volunteers alike.