HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Everett volunteers help people in need find clothes, confidence

By Christina Harper, HeraldNet

2492 days ago   Article ID# 41729
Original URL

 

YWCA

EVERETT, WASHINGTON (HeraldNet) - A woman recently browsed around the three-room basement, through racks of clothes at the YWCA Working Women's Wardrobe Program in Everett.

She couldn't find anything to wear.

Pat Lawrence saw that the woman's teeth had been knocked out. Lawrence suggested the woman take another look at the various donated suits and tops, dresses and pants, and take some into one of the changing rooms to try on. The woman was reluctant and unsure.

But with encouragement from Lawrence and other volunteers, the woman left the program filled with self-confidence and a couple bags of clothes and accessories to help her find a job.

"By the time we finished that day, our hearts were so full," Lawrence said.

Lawrence volunteers as the coordinator at the Working Women's Wardrobe. She's also a member of the Mill Creek Women's Club. She helps Snohomish County women who are re-entering the work force to pick out and put together two or three professional outfits suitable for job interviews or work.

The women, or clients, are referred by social service organizations such as Goodwill and The Women's Mission.

"We are so blessed in this community," said Luanne Kunz, community affairs coordinator with the program.

Kunz receives clothing and toiletry donations from individuals, consignment stores, Macy's and J.Jill. The program needs clean, gently used clothing in good condition, as well as clear plastic hangers, clothing-store shopping bags, shoes, unused makeup, hats and bags. Personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, washcloths, and feminine hygiene products are always needed.

"I'm looking for shoes size 12," Kunz said. "Always."

People hoping to volunteer at the Working Women's Wardrobe Program can expect to be matched up with a variety of jobs, including sorting and hanging clothes and helping clients find suitable clothing. Potential volunteers fill out an application online and are given a background check. They are then interviewed by Lawrence.

"I find them a job and get them trained," Lawrence said.

Other members of the Mill Creek Women's Club and groups including Premera Blue Cross, as well as community volunteers, give their time to the program.

"I think this is such a great opportunity to help women get their feet on the ground," Lawrence said.

Clients come to the Broadway location by appointment on Thursdays. Approximately 120 women a month use the program, which served 1,460 people last year.

Women who come to choose free clothes are asked to fill out a form that asks where they live and their ethnicity but does not require them to list their names. Each woman gets two or three outfits, a pair of shoes, and personal care products in a department store bag.

"Not a grocery bag," Kunz said.

Grateful clients sometimes send notes thanking Kunz when they get a job. When they can, they donate some of their own clothes. Lawrence and other volunteers feel good that they are able to help women in need as well as have fun putting outfits together.

"If I didn't have volunteers doing this, I couldn't do it," Kunz said. "They are the heartbeat and pulse of this program."

Copyright 2016 HeraldNet   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 2492 days ago   Article ID# 41729

YWCA     View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More YWCA News

The Allstate Foundation And Actress Rosario Dawson Join Forces To Fight Domestic Violence With A Purple Purse

1306 days ago From Hola Arkansas 

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - In an effort to spark life-changing, important conversations on domestic violence, actress Rosario Dawson has joined forces with The Allstate Foundation to raise awareness with the Purple Purse campaign. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month i ...

Salt Lake City YWCA dedicates new Center for Families

1419 days ago From Salt Lake Tribune 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - By brooke adams Salt Lake City's YWCA dedicated a new Center for Families at its downtown campus Wednesday, accomplishing its goal of providing a one-stop ...

YWCA provides shelter for families in need

1621 days ago From Palm Beach Daily News 

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - The YWCA always tries to assist the families in getting at least a toy for the children to relieve some of the stress. Most of our parents have more than one child, so it's difficult to buy toys for all of the children. ...

The Golden Drive Gives Donations to Kids Staying at YWCA

1767 days ago From WDAY 

FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA - Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Proof that you can turn a small idea into help for kids in need. Nearly ten thousand dollars worth of donations are going to the kids staying at the YWCA. Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Proof that you can turn a small idea into help for ...

Shelters offer care for animals of domestic violence victims

1941 days ago From South Bend Tribune 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - But the last cat was given to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County to stay in the PetSafe program, which is available only in emergency situations such ...

Go to page:   1    2  Next >> 

<< Return To Community Service News

Action Center

Climate change could make parts of Middle East and North Africa ‘uninhabitable’

Action: Climate Change

The Middle East and North Africa could become “uninhabitable” over the course of the 21st Century, researchers have warned, d ...

Yellowstone bears need your help

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Grizzly bear numbers in the Greater Yellowstone area have improved since the animals were first protected in 1975, but the be ...

How human greed is destroying vast swathes of a rainforest dubbed 'the earth's lungs' - pushing the Sumatran orangutan one step closer to extinction

Action: Stop Deforestation

The orphaned orangutan sits quietly as the vet listens to his heartbeat - barely moving, bedraggled, seemingly on the point o ...

Demand clean water for Flint and across the U.S.

Action: Stop Pollution

Two years ago this month, officials in Flint, Michigan, flipped the switch on the faulty new water system that led to the tra ...

The vaquita could go extinct this year as totoaba poaching continues to increase

Action: Save Our Oceans

China’s demand for swim bladders from a giant Mexican fish called the totoaba is putting the species at risk. It’s also pushi ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.