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WHW

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Nonprofit Overview

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

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of interning at WHW for two semesters, I absolutely loved my overall experience. WHW is a great organization that truly cares about their staff, volunteer, and clients. The staff at WHW are very warm welcoming and kind. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity WHW has given me. With their help I have grown both personally and professionally.

mcapps

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at WHW since 2000. I am a personal stylist as well as a resume coach and it gives me so much pleasure to see the clients improve their lives as they are supported by this great organization. WHW provides free employment services to the clients, including computer classes, job interview preparedness, confidence boosters, etc. I enjoy seeing the transformation that takes place when clients take advantage of the classes that are offered. But more importantly, the words " I GOT THE JOB" are the ones that I enjoy hearing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a personal stylist who readies our clients for job interviews. It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Many of our clients have touched my heart but none so much as a gentle giant of a man recently released from prison. Due to his size, he was sure that we would not have anything to fit him. We were, however, able to completely outfit him with a suit, shirt, ties and shoes. He stared at himself in the mirror with awe. He had never seen himself looking like this. He asked if he could wear his new clothing back to the shelter. I was delighted that he wanted to do so. He took my hand and said that he felt that he had been reborn. At that point we both started to cry.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at WHW for over 10 years. It is a great place to volunteer and they help so many people with their job searches. They have so many helpful services! I enjoy helping the clients find interviewing outfits and also help coach resume organization. If you are in the ares you should stop in and check out the organization and the store is a fun place to find some great deals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I begin my twelfth year of volunteering with WHW, I am continually reminded about and excited to reflect on the tremendous growth that has occurred. From the small "storefront" in Costa Mesa to the lovely building we now enjoy, the efforts of so many are obvious! When I began, I, too, was a victim of a layoff after many years with a law firm, but I was fortunate to be able to devote my efforts to volunteering in special places rather than have to look for work. There have been many changes, but the overwhelming spirit of dedication and empowerment have led to continuing success. I have made many close friends among the volunteers and received so much joy from helping others to continue their forward progress that the years have gone very quickly. Nothing matches the delighted faces of people who have received clothing of which they are proud and feel empowered and lifted from their struggles! Along with the valuable training offered, those who come to WHW definitely receive a new lease on life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to WHW after a long career in the legal field where I had both personal and work-related experiences with many non-proifts. Although it is difficult to have to depend greatly on donations from the public, I feel that WHW does a remarkable job in securing clothing and accessories to help ensure that its clients present the best image possible when attempting to improve their circumstances. The volunteers make a determined effort to put together the best possible composite (clothing, accessories, reinforcement of positive attitudes, etc.) for both men and women, and the very talented and likable staff complete the circle by providing information and training to add to or improve the skills of clients. Wardrobing is an important part of the process, but the overall successful product is made possible by the many opportunities for self-improvement which are available at WHW. The volunteers receive tremendous pleasure from the change in demeanor and self-confidence of clients which results from the many positive experiences and encouragement at WHW, and it is most rewarding to see the ongoing expansion and improvement of services offered to those in need. There is nothing better than hearing a client say, "Now i feel that I can do it!"

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I found WHW through an executive search firm. I was searching for a nonprofit organization where I could help others and use my skills. WHW is an organization that has made a difference in so many lives; helping individuals find employment or improve their skills to meet their individual goals. I have enjoyed being a volunteer instructor and have found the work both rewarding and fulfilling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was referred to WHW through a friend who volunteered and had a great experience. I was impressed by their commitment to aid the unemployed and underemployed of their community and the thoughtfulness they brought to the programs they offered. My experience as a volunteer has been top-notch. The support I receive and high level of communication makes it easy to be a part of such a meaningful and effective organization. I see, with each workshop I facilitate the appreciation and benefit their clients are receiving though the incredible work of WHW.

Dee M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WHW is an incredible organization! As a volunteer, I see first-hand the impact that WHW makes in the lives of job seekers. The team is warm, welcoming and passionate. The program is well thought out with impressive attention to detail. The resources that are provided to job seekers are second to none.
I spent years as a VP for the largest staffing firm globally - I have seen thousands of candidates, job searches, interview preps, etc. - and I can confidently say that the team at WHW knows their stuff! The advice they give is spot on! And it's evidenced by the number of people who they successfully support and empower. I can't recommend them highly enough!

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.

andreadoering

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.