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WIN of Saline County opens Career Closet at Goodwill location
WIN of Saline County opens Career Closet at Goodwill location

Women in Networking (WIN) has formed an innovative partnership with Goodwill Industries of Arkansas to open a unique boutique entitled WIN Dress Up, a Career Closet program.  The WIN Dress Up boutique will provide business attire and support services through Goodwill’s Career Services Center  programs to women seeking employment.

WIN Dress Up boutique will be holding its Grand Opening at the Goodwill in Bryant location at 5914 Highway 5 North on November 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.

Director of WIN/Saline and Garland Counties, Dianne Jester, says of the new project, ”We are thrilled to be partnered with Goodwill and look forward to a long relationship of assisting women within our communities.”

Goodwill’s President and CEO, Brian Itzkowitz, said, “Our mission is to help build lives, families and communities by assisting people to reach their highest potential through training, education and employment services.  This partnership and the new WIN Dress Up boutique will help women move forward in their careers, help their families succeed, and ultimately improve the communities of Saline County.”

Founder of WIN and Director of Pulaski County, Holly Fish, says, “ WIN is proud to be able to give back to our community in this way and empower women to become financially independent.”

By making a significant investment in the lives of women, the partnership between WIN and Goodwill, seeks to turn the tide of economic challenges facing women today.  Since its conception, WIN has been a pioneering force inspiring women from all walks of life through career and networking focused meetings and events.  WIN meets monthly, inviting women to attend and share their professional goals, overcoming obstacles, and triumphing one another’s successes.

For the past 85 years, Goodwill has provided a hand up, not a hand out through career training, education and job-readiness training, education, and career services.  Last year, Goodwill assisted 6,500 Arkansans and placed over 1,100 people into community jobs.

Members, guests, sponsors, and affiliates of WIN are currently donating new or gently used stylish and professional attire, services, and products for the inventory, design, and upkeep of WIN Dress Up boutiques.  The public is invited to participate by donating clothing, accessories, services, decor, or funds by contacting Director of WIN and Coordinator of WIN Dress Up boutiques, Dianne Jester, at djester@bankozarks.com.  Donations are always accepted at Goodwill locations statewide.

Any woman in need of a helping hand seeking employment is welcome to visit the Goodwill in Bryant Career Center where they can receive on-site job-readiness training, education, and career services.  Upon completion of Goodwill’s Computer Basics Literacy program, women will receive a certificate.  The certificate grants her the opportunity to shop in the WIN Dress Up boutique and take home one head-to-toe professional ensemble for the purpose of serving her well through her interviewing process to find a job.  Once women acquire employment they may return for one additional professional look at no charge.