New York, NY (PRWEB) April 27, 2012
Friday April 13: The room grew crowded as the bidding began. The prizes ranged from whimsical (decorating a conference room of your choice in the style of your choice) to luxurious (a round-trip flight to anywhere in the world). The crowd—all employees of the international consultancy firm Oliver Wyman—bid with gusto, energized by the fact that all proceeds would be donated to a cause which they had voted on: The Doe Fund.
For more than 25 years, the award-winning New York-based nonprofit has provided a hand up—not a hand out—to homeless and formerly incarcerated men. Through paid work opportunities, educational and career development classes, and a range of social services, The Doe Fund works with clients to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and crime. The Doe Fund’s most visible initiative, Ready, Willing & Able, puts hundreds of men to work in bright blue uniforms each day. These “men in blue” clean more than 150 miles of New York City streets and sidewalks each day, removing more than 9,600 tons of garbage annually as part of a transitional work and soft-skills training program.
Each year, Oliver Wyman elects one nonprofit as the sole beneficiary of their Gala. This year, Oliver Wyman employees were struck by the story of one Doe Fund graduate, who completed the rigorous Ready, Willing & Able program, was hired as a Case Manager at the same organization, and re-united with his children all in one year.
“Oliver Wyman could not be more delighted with the success of this event and with our partnership with The Doe Fund,” said Michael Poulos, the head of Oliver Wyman’s financial services practice in the Americas. “We cannot imagine a better, or more worthy, partner. The Doe Fund’s mission to help individuals achieve dignity and self-sufficiency through work—and their success in fulfilling it—really drove our team’s enthusiasm.”
George McDonald, Founder and President of The Doe Fund, echoed Mr. Poulos’ sentiment. “We are so grateful for the enthusiasm and generosity of Oliver Wyman and its employees. The organization is a tremendous partner in helping thousands of individuals to re-establish self-sufficiency—not only for themselves but for their children.”
About The Doe Fund
Headquartered in New York City, The Doe Fund is a $50 million, multi-disciplinary human services agency that helps 1,000 people every day to better their circumstances through programs providing paid work; workforce development and job placement; transitional, supportive, and permanent housing; drug testing and counseling; and comprehensive social and educational services. All once homeless or incarcerated, the “men in blue” of the organization’s flagship program, Ready, Willing & Able, can be seen cleaning 150 miles of New York City streets every day, rain or shine. This paid transitional work is the first step they take toward self-sufficiency, and they complete Ready, Willing & Able with full-time, permanent employment, apartments of their own, and their sobriety. To learn more, visit http://www.doe.org or http://www.facebook.com/TheDoeFund, or follow @TheDoeFund on Twitter.
About Oliver Wyman
With offices in 50+ cities across 25 countries, Oliver Wyman is a leading global management consulting firm that combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, organizational transformation, and leadership development. The firm's 3,000 professionals help clients optimize their businesses, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. To learn more about Oliver Wyman’s business and philanthropic ventures, visit http://www.oliverwyman.com