It is that time of year to think about others and giving back. Two Calgary charities have combined forces to do just that. Their focus is helping women dress for success to maximize their work, and educational and volunteer opportunities.
Making Changes Employment Association and Dress for Success Calgary (DFSC) are merging operations and why not? After all, they share vision of economically empowered women. Both want to create change and make meaningful contributions to the community.
Charities have been under pressure to answer specific needs and this merger will position both entities in the heart of women’s issues and economic independence. Professional attire will certainly help. The combined program is offered in 145 cities and 25 countries.
In Calgary alone, an outlet in Inglewood will serve as a prototype of the Making Changes’ Walk-In Closet program under the Dress for Success Calgary name. According to Cathy Couts, Executor Director,
“We believe the coming together of our two organizations will enhance
our ability to impact women in Calgary and the surrounding areas
with personalized image consulting and the provision of work-appropriate attire.”
They are proud of this worthy cause and a collaboration that will best serve the community both with the increased need brought on by the current pandemic and the local economic climate and beyond.
Here is how it works, those in need will receive counseling on technology and life skills as well as gently used fashionable clothing and accessories at no cost so they can enter the workforce with confidence after a downturn or newly arriving in Canada.
For more than thirty ears, Making Changes has been integral to Calgary’s “women-helping-women” network. It has the support of more than 250 volunteers and more than 100 referral partners from immigrant and human services agencies, community groups, education, health, and business. It has served thousands who want to re-enter the workforce.
This merger shows how like-minded women can coming together as a cohesive unit. Ayden Athwal, Board chair of DFSC reaffirmed the mutual goals.
“Our combined programs will now more effectively identify and meet the needs of even more women in the community, while making the best use of our available resources.”