Bank of America’s investment in our organization not only serves as a tremendous vote of confidence, but it will allow us to expand our reach, enhance our services, and impact even more lives.
Irvine, California (PRWEB) June 28, 2016
Working Wardrobes, an Orange County, California nonprofit that provides a full suite of career development services to help make the power of a paycheck a reality for those in need, today announced that it is the recipient of a Bank of America workforce development grant for $15,000. The grant will help fund the Working Wardrobes VetNet program – a safety net for veterans that provides job training and placement, housing referrals and other career services – which have assisted over 1,500 veteran clients in just three short years since its launch. The organization has been awarded this grant for seven consecutive years.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant and proud to partner with an outstanding organization like Bank of America as we work to improve the lives of our clients and make our community a better place,” said Jerri Rosen, founder and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “The Working Wardrobes VetNet training program helps Orange County veterans during that critical time when they are transitioning to civilian life, and helps them find jobs to support themselves and their families. Bank of America’s investment in our organization not only serves as a tremendous vote of confidence, but it will allow us to expand our reach, enhance our services, and impact even more lives. Thank you, Bank of America!”
“It takes a community to support our veterans and together with Working Wardrobes, we can help those who have served our country overcome obstacles on the path to successful careers," said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America. “Job training programs are a crucial part of the solution to help our local veterans secure jobs with livable wages and position them for financially stable futures.”
This month, Working Wardrobes welcomed representatives from the Bank of America Community and Volunteers Group for a check presentation ceremony at its existing offices in Costa Mesa. However, the nonprofit is relocating its headquarters to a new 25,000 square ft. office in Irvine which will feature twice as many career training rooms and nearly double the number of computer lab stations; a much larger community room for client meetings, events, and educational workshops; and additional warehouse space to process increased clothing donations. This is critical as the organization serves more clients and continues to open more resale shops throughout Orange County, and the grant from Bank of America will be a big part of the expansion of client services.
The Working Wardrobes VetNet program provides veterans with training that is essential to finding employment, offering an array of services including case management, career readiness training, life skills and goal-setting workshops, career coaching, presentation skills, job placement, image workshops, professional wardrobe and grooming services, and much more. According to Rosen, hundreds of deserving veterans are currently waiting to receive valuable VetNet training, and the Bank of America grant will help to alleviate the wait for many of these veterans.
To learn more about Working Wardrobes’ VetNet program, or to get involved, contact Working Wardrobes at (714) 210-2460 or visit: http://www.workingwardrobes.org/job-seekers/vetnet/.
About Working Wardrobes
Working Wardrobes does everything in its power to help men, women, young adults, and veterans overcome difficult challenges so they can achieve the dignity of work. The organization provides career training, job placement assistance, and professional wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect. Since its inception in1990, Working Wardrobes has served over 85,000 clients, including hundreds of veterans.