charity founded in 1996 that gives business
clothing to disadvantaged women in Alameda
and Contra Costa
counties in California
to prepare them for the workforce
Clothes are an integral part of the problem of unemployment, as a recent survey showed that 47% of welfare recipients stated that the reason they couldn't find employment
was because they didn't have the right clothes for work. New clothes improve their image and self-esteem
, as well as their marketability. Women are referred to this organization by homeless
shelters and domestic violence
shelters, as well as many more organizations. Wardrobe for Opportunity
works closely with many job training
programs as well.
Each client recieves two interviewing
outfits when she has an interview and a working
wardrobe when she gets the job.
They accept monetary and clothing contributions, and is almost entirely volunteer
run. 80% of the clients
served successfully secured employment that pays at least 8-15$ an hour.
Another charity that is very similar in the New York
area is www.dressforsuccess.org.