Dress for Success

Happy Hump Day:
I usually work from home on Wednesdays but our WIN group meeting was having 2 speakers from Dress for Success come in and talk about their organization and to see if our company could help out in any way.
Dress for Success
I have been trying to partner with DFS for about 6 months now and our schedules just haven’t clicked. I was interested to see if I could volunteer any time through work as that may work better for my schedule.
Roni from the Worcester DFS and Kim from the Boston DFS came in and told us about their organizations. They have some wonderful programs that empower and encourage unemployed or under-employed women. Here are some of their programs 
Going Places Network Meeting
 This group helps unemployed and under-employed Dress for Success clients gain professional skills, accelerate their job search and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment. The ultimate goal of the program is to help participants gain employment or make significant progress on their path to employment. This program was first piloted in New York City in 2009 in response to the challenging economic climate and implemented in 2010 by several other Dress for Success affiliates.
The program serves as a “safety net” for women who are referred to our Suiting Program and Career Center at the beginning of their job search, but do not immediately land a job. With the addition of the Going Places Network by Walmart, women who come to Dress for Success will have access to support and services for every phase of their professional lives, starting with the job search and leading to sustained employment and economic self-sufficiency.
The Going Places Network program is free of charge and open to women with a high school diploma or GED who are actively seeking employment.
   Professional Women’s Group (PWG)
 The Professional Women’s Group provides monthly meetings to newly employed women, to address topics they may encounter when entering the workplace, such as: Financial Literacy, Written and Unwritten Rules of the Workplace, and Work/Life Balance. This program features expert guest speakers from the community and gives our clients the ongoing support needed to increase job retention, continually identify career growth opportunities and encourage educated decisions regarding their careers.
The Suiting Program
We assist women with professional clothing for job interviews, internships, job fairs and employment. Our clients are referred to us by our partner agencies and work directly with a volunteer Personal Shopper who helps them assemble a business appropriate outfit or wardrobe.
I would love to volunteer for either of these groups and offer one of the many Workshops I have from my Life Coaching business.
 I would also LOVE to help suit these incredibly brave, strong women. I know from experience what confidence looking good can give you, especially when you aren’t feeling that confident in yourself. I love clothes and I love helping women so what better fit for me is that?
People can donate their gently used suits or business casual clothing in any size. Worcester really needs the help!         Please donate if you can.
Here are some items that will be accepted.
  • Suits
  • Coats
  • Closed toed shoes only – 2inch heel
  • Jewelry
  • Scarves
DFS is having their first annual luncheon on November 14th. It is one of their many fund raisers throughout the year. Check out the invitation below.
Dress for Success is a wonderful organization that empowers, encourages and engages with women to help them succeed.
I am hoping through work I can be a volunteer and offer my services in any way I can to them. I would be proud to partner with DFS
How can you help?
You can contact DFS to see what volunteer opportunities may be available to you. Here are the links to Worcester and Boston offices.
Check with your Human Resources in your company and see if they have a  community partnership program. Maybe you and your company can host a suit drive or host a network meeting?
Roni and Kim both spoke with passion about how DFS changes women’s lives and how they are so thrilled to be a part of that. They told stories about amazing women and teared up as they told their stories. You could feel how much they both are passionate about helping these women.
Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something so special?
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