Three Grants from Vons, Edison & Senator Carol Liu
Pasadena, CA - Women At Work received early holiday gifts in the form of three grants at the end of November totaling $15,5430.00 from Vons, Edison and Senator Carol Liu; of that amount over $8,000 came as a pleasant end-of-year surprise. According to Board President Marsha Rood: "In this challenging economy, Women At Work is very grateful for this support. We are seeing even more clients in need of work, a job and encouragement. I am particularly pleased that almost every week we are hearing from at least one client that they found a job."
In January of 2012, The YWCA San Gabriel Valley & Women At Work teamed up to serve the older worker client through a 2-year $100,000 AARP Grant. Every day approximately 20 million low-income older individuals struggle to secure their most basic needs in life—such as food or shelter—with limited or no financial resources. Over 3 million older adults are searching for work and many are dealing with the impact of long-term unemployment. With this funding from the AARP Foundation these two organizations are working together to help hundreds of older workers move back into employment.
AARP Foundation awarded the two partners a two-year grant to implement a unique model for providing a continuum of services to help adults age 50+ upgrade skills and obtain employment and have access to benefits, work supports and services that help protect themselves and their families from severe financial instability. On a positive note, in October – 16 of Women At Work clients received jobs, 11 of which were AARP participants.
Women At Work was founded in 1979 by three visionary pioneers. Their mission to empower women grew out of the recognition that despite their educational backgrounds, women often earn less than men and are under-represented in employment. Today, Women At Work serves women, men, teens, young adults, adults, and older workers – all in need of work readiness and career training services. Each month, more than 500 clients visit the Center to use its many resources. Core services include self-directed services, access to a Career Resource Center, workshops and classes, individual case management, and even job skills training.
[WOMEN AT WORK: Celebrating 33 years of Women At Work! In today's world everything is "about jobs." The request for services and resources has been overwhelming at Women At Work where service demand in 2011 continued at record numbers as more individuals looked for work. Since 2009, when the economy turned, Women At Work has seen a 55 percent increase in client visits. Each month more than 500 clients use their services, which clearly demonstrates a need for their service, and is addressing a real need for the unemployed and underemployed in today's economy. The weekly Job Club continues to be a resource for job seekers and the resume critique so often puts job seekers on the right road to a new future. Women At Work helps clients recognize and attain their full employment and earning potential through one-on-one counseling, classes, mentoring and corporate partnerships. Programs are open to both women and men. The work is even more critical considering today's economy.]