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Opportunity for Low-Income Women

Posted by Milan at 10.18.2007
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The Women's Alliance [thewomensalliance.org] is a national organization of independent community-based members who provide professional attire, career skills training and related services to low-income women seeking employment. The Women's Alliance provides guidance and nurtures connections between many different organizations that work for a common goal of helping women. Most of he organizations represented by The Women's Alliance have been in operation since the early 1990's. The first organization of its kind, Bottomless Closet of Chicago, incorporated in 1990. The original founding organizations that first comprised The Women's Alliance are were from Chicago, IL, San Jose, CA, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, PA, and Miami, Fl.

Combined, the organizations represented by our board have served over 130,000 women. Monthly, the combined efforts of these organizations benefit 2,500 women. The average percentage of women obtaining employment after receiving the services of a member organization is between 65% and 70%. On average, 65% of our clients are single mothers and former welfare recipients. Over 500 job-readiness programs achieve greater placement numbers by partnering with The Women's Alliance members. Additionally, many more agencies receive thousands of pieces of donated clothing deemed inappropriate for workplace activities by The Women's Alliance member organizations. The work of the The Women's Alliance members saves U.S. taxpayers approximately $7,000 per year in direct assistance payments alone for each client they help achieve self sufficiency.

As a testament to the value of this work, a group called Power Behind The Passion [youreoneinamillion.org], set out to raise one million dollars for The Women’s Alliance. Searching for ways to be transformative fundraisers, the team began a series of trades, beginning with the book, The Passion Test. Within four trades and one big business deal, the group had what it needed to reach its goal: The Tigertail, a Softail Harley-Davidson with a crystal skin made of Swarovski crystals.

This campaign began Friday, September 14th, 2007 at the 35th Annual Phil Peterson Key West Poker Run where the Tigertail was unveiled. The campaign and the bike are currently on tour. For more information on where you can see more visit http://www.youreoneinamillion.org/motorcycle.html. A blog site for the campaign has been created at http://sweetkarma.multiply.com where visitors can get updates and find news about You're One in a Million events.


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