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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. 2015-2016 WHW Highlights -9,860 Job Seekers participated in WHW’s Employment Success Program -7,618 Job Seekers attended WHW Employment Readiness Workshops and Computer Training -1,926 Job Seekers received Professional Apparel and Accessories -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 67 Clothing Drives to support WHW Job Seekers -75% of WHW Job Seekers are employed within 4 months! -After obtaining employment, the household income of WHW Job Seekers increases by over 600%. One Job Seeker summed it up this way: “The reality is those whose donations enabled me to be part of WHW saved money because now I can pay my own way, I can pay my own taxes and I can leave something for the generation that follows me.”

Target demographics: the unemployed and underemployed.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 8,000+ 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 80,000 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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my honor and privilege to volunteer at WHW leading the Top Performer Coaching Program. WHW is well run by warm and authentic people who are not only passionate about the work they do but they’re also enthusiastic about how they serve their clients. Always leading by example and open to new ideas they’re ready to roll up their sleeves for any task. What they offer is more than attitude, it’s an intention that each employee of WHW comes with… an intention to make each client they serve and each program they run something special. And it’s infectious; just being at WHW makes me feel special. WHW clients become infected too with the unique WHW brand of authenticity, leadership and love. So much so that you can typically find clients volunteering on their way to transforming their lives. I look forward to each Top Performer Coaching session because I get far more than I give.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I could volunteer here everyday, I would! WHW provides a positive and encouraging environment for their clients; and appreciates and recognizes the efforts of their volunteers. It's always an uplifting experience to be with the staff, clients and other volunteers at WHW. They make a BIG difference in the lives of those they serve! And, I love sharing their mission with others. Everyone has too much in their closet! I regularly remind friends and relatives to clean out their closets and donate to this worthy cause! If you are looking for a place where you can make a BIG difference with just a couple hours of your time, join us at WHW!

Marieanne B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at WHW because the program is empowering, and impactful for women who have experienced unemployment and underemployment. The opportunity to give a hand up to women who need a good job to support themselves and their families is a gift.
Prior to joining WHW as a volunteer 3+ years ago, I searched for an organization that was as driven by metrics and compassion as I am. When I walked through the doors of WHW, I knew that this is just such an organization.
If you are looking for support in your job search, or want to give back to the community, I believe that WHW is the right place for you. Join us!

msmontoya5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first found out about WHW on Facebook. I decided to come in to their orientation and everyone was very friendly. I have since taken advantage of their classes which are very informative! They also got me in touch with the right people and provided me with two suits for my interviews. I love the extra things they setup for us such as the Sephora event where we had the opportunity to learn how to apply makeup and take some goodies home.
Thank you WHW! You're the best!
Martha

Ben_49

Board Member

Rating: 5

The concept of giving people a hand up, not a hand out is what attracted me to WHW. If you want to apply yourself, WHW will provide you, at no cost, everything you need to find and retain a job that maximizes your strengths. I believe in the indivual who wants to better themselves and coupled with WHW's approach and highly skilled staff and volunteers achieves amazing results.

My wife and I are proud to be part of this organization and seeing the impacts on people's lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

WHW is an awesome organization that gives clients first class support and provides the education needed to successfully go out to the workforce and land a good job. I have been a volunteer for many years and have seen the organization grow tremendously over the years helping more and more clients build their self esteem, build their acumen and become successful contributors to their comminutes. WHW is passionate about the Mission and puts the clients first!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I got involved as a volunteer for WHW 6 years ago specifically with the Boys 2 Men annual event as a personal shopper and now serve on the board. It has been an honor to be part of this great organization and a privilege to watch the transformation of these young men as they prepare themselves to enter the workforce.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I got involved with WHW when I heard their story, what they do and how they help people. I continue to be impressed by their success stories, and how the empower people to get back into the work force, using the services provided. Looking forward to continued growth and hearing all of the success stories!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with WHW for over 10 years beginning as a volunteer to sitting on their Board. From all my various roles and vantage points, I'm extremely proud to be part of this wonderful organization. I've seen and experienced their daily passion and unselfish commitment to serve the community they've been involved with since 1993. Each day they strive to change and improve lives through a vast array of programs and services they provide their clients. I welcome anyone interested in supporting their community through volunteering to donating to take a look at their website and learn for yourselves what an inspirational organization WHW truly is.

Susan472

Board Member

Rating: 5

WHW does wonderful work for the community and is a tremendous resource for those seeking employment. It is a privilege being a part of this organization!

Samantha72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WHW is an amazing resource for job seekers! As a volunteer, I get the opportunity to work with a team of dedicated, knowledgeable and helpful staff members who are able to help so many in the community. This organization cares about who they serve, and they do it with passion and excellence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WHW is an amazing organization. The staff is passionate about their mission. They respect the clients and truly appreciate their volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for WHW for quite a number of years. They have grown substantially and continue to provide outstanding service to all clients that come through the doors. The services provided have expanded and changed through the years continuing to be relevant to the changing times. Feedback from the clients served has been positive providing for a fulfilling volunteer experience and a happier client.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before (and after!) I retired, I donated clothing to this amazing organization. I learned of them via the local newspaper, and, once I had some free time, asked if they had a volunteer program. HA! I was immediately invited into the Assistant Director's office, given an application and a "job interview", and signed up. When asked what I would be interested in, I said, "whatever you need--I just want to help." I was expecting to iron, sew buttons, sort clothing, or other necessary task. Instead,no doubt because I taught for 35 years, I was asked to write curriculum for 4 classes, including job preparation, resume writing, mock interviews, and "what to know before you go". I have been teaching for WHW ever since--and that was seven years ago! What a gift. Working with the amazing staff and dedicated volunteers, meeting and working with clients, helping with the Saturday sales--I have received much more than I have given, believe me. This organization is dynamite. If you need help, call WHW.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a WHW volunteer, I've had the pleasure of working with many strong women - and men - dedicated and motivated to better themselves in an effort to achieve their career goals. I've enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside program participants in WHW's Resume Development Workshop, tailoring their resumes to reflect their skills and strong suits in a professional manner. I'm proud to support this organization and the men and women it serves and look forward to continuing my relationship with WHW for many years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of volunteering as a Personal Shopper and Donation Outreach Ambassador at WHW for two years. And, I love my job! I've done all sorts of volunteering for my kid's schools and community groups over the years -- was even employed by a nonprofit working with major donors. But, my experience at WHW is very different from anything I've done before because it's working directly with the recipients of the gifts. I have the privilege of seeing the end result! And, I always get more than I give in a 2-hours shift! It's inspiring to hear about the difficulties unemployed clients have faced and overcome to get their lives back on track. And, they are so grateful -- not only for the outfits they receive; but for the encouragement and individual attention we give them to make them look their very best. I love having the opportunity to work side-by-side with the unemployed and under employed so they can get and keep a good job! I'm grateful for my friendship with WHW Program Director Robyn Williams for informing me about this amazing organization and bringing me on board!