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WIP Helps Disadvantaged Women Dress for Success

March 12, 2011

It’s almost spring! Time to clean out your closets and donate your new or gently used professional shoes to support Dress for Success Philadelphia

The WIP Committee is collecting new and gently used shoes at its March 29 meeting to support Dress for Success Philadelphia

Dress for Success is a global non-profit organization with 113 affiliates in nine countries. Together, they have served more than 550,000 around the world since 1997.  Its mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success Philadelphia opened its doors on July 1, 2008 to a waiting community.  It has become the second largest suiting affiliate in the world, following closely on the heels of New York City’s flagship office.  To date, Dress for Success Philadelphia has suited more than 6,000 low income women who are trying to emerge from poverty – and to provide better futures for themselves and their families.

The Dress for Success programs transition women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community.  Each woman is a success story:  she has gone from unemployment to economic independence.  The on-site Career Center helps clients receive individual assistance with resume writing, mock interviewing techniques, writing cover and thank you letters and online job search skills.  For clients who have successfully obtained employment, the Professional Women’s Group provides networking opportunities and additional skills training, mentoring and professional development through a series of classes, lectures and seminars led by local professionals.

To learn more about Dress for Success, please visit www.dressforsuccess.org/philadelphia.  For more information about the WIP Shoe Drive, please contact Stacy Lilly at stacy.lilly@thelillylawoffice.com

 Post by:  Stacy N. Lilly, Esq.

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