Dress for Success

Success Story:

Nedra, Dress for Success Joliet After moving from Ohio with her three children to care for her recently disabled mother, Nedra needed to find a job that would allow her to support her family and continue her education. Dress for Success Joliet not only gave Nedra an interview suit but also provided her with refresher courses, job interview skills, résumé preparation and the confidence to land a job as a medical administrative assistant.

 Since then, Nedra has become an active member of the Professional Women’s Group which, she says, means being part of a group of women with many talents, goals, aspirations, wisdom and a sense of sisterhood I haven’t experienced anywhere else.” This support will help Nedra as she works to obtain a bachelors and masters degrees in nursing and achieve her ultimate goal of opening an adult day care center and assisted living facility.

Dress for Success Worldwide is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 85 cities across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands and New Zealand. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support that clients are provided symbolize the organization’s faith in every woman’s ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career.This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity. Although Portland does not have a Dress for Success hub, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for this unique organization.

To volunteer visit:

 http://www.dressforsuccess.org/supportdfs_volunteer.aspx

To discuss ways of implementing a Dress for Success hub in the Portland area visit:

http://www.dressforsuccess.org/locations_howtostart.aspx

“America’s Family Volunteers”

Idealist.org explores a different way to spend time with your family.  Bring your son, daughter, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, niece, nephew… you get the idea – on a new endeavor. Peruse ways to volunteer with your family, benefits of doing so and creative examples of family volunteer work (abroad!) at Idealist.org.

For ideas on where to take your family to serve in the Portland area, please check out Hands On Greater Portland.