The Issue: High Unemployment Rate in Orange County
The unemployment rate in Orange County was 7.1% in September, according to data from the California Employment Development Department. Though the unemployment rate has been steadily decreasing over the past year, many of the people looking for jobs have never faced unemployment, and many individuals are underemployed or not counted because they have given up their job search. Because the job market is saturated with applicants, job seekers need to hone their interview skills and professional image to become competitive candidates—tasks that are especially difficult for those who have experienced domestic abuse, incarceration, or financial hardship or who have a disability.
The Campaign: Providing Professional Attire and Preparation
If 52 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Women Helping Women/Men2Work can provide job-training workshops, interview transportation, and professional attire for two underserved individuals who are seeking employment. Each additional $260 raised will aid another job seeker. Staff members work one-on-one with individuals to help them achieve a professional appearance through image consulting and personal shopping. Job seekers can browse the fully stocked apparel centers for work-appropriate suits and accessories, receive a haircut and manicure, and learn about the job-interview process and professional etiquette.
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Women Helping Women/Men2Work
Two survivors of domestic abuse founded Women Helping Women/Men2Work (WHW) in 1993 following their own experience rebuilding their professional wardrobes on tight incomes. Though they began collecting clothes in a trunk for women in shelters, the organization’s reach has grown rapidly. Since its inception, WHW has helped more than 30,000 men, women, and teenagers become economically self-sufficient through employment services. Staff members work with underserved individuals to help them develop their resumés, practice interviewing techniques, and search for job leads. They prepare participants for a work environment with professional attire and body-language training. Participants also can take part in workforce-development workshops, where they learn about networking, negotiations, and multimedia skills to help them become competitive in the job market.