Charitable Giving makes annual grants and organizes member volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations that echo the mission of the WBC which is to support disadvantaged women and girls in NYC through education, mentoring and professional development. We encourage all WBC members to volunteer for our events or directly with our committee. The organizations supported by the WBC in 2016 are detailed below.
Interested in volunteering and being part of our committee?
The goal of the Bottomless Closet (BC) is to inspire and guide disadvantaged New York City women to enter the workforce and achieve success. Clients come from diverse backgrounds and experiences including women who are on public assistance, formally incarcerated, single mothers, survivors of domestic violence, and women living in shelters. This is the second-year WBC has made a grant to help the BC mission, with a focus on their financial literacy program run by WBC’s own Tami Peters.
Volunteers are the backbone of Bottomless Closet. Reach out if you would like to organize an event or if you are interested in volunteering.
- Donate accessories, handbag and large clothing drives
- Teach financial literacy classes: tax training, real estate planning, navigating student loans, insurance policies
- Clothing consultation, interview preparation, inventory management, pro-bono resume consultation and client follow-up
Grace Institute, provides tuition-free job training and job placement assistance for underserved women in NYC area by running 2 cohorts of each year. Grace Institute was a new grantee for WBC in 2016. WBC partners with Grace on 3 events per cohort:
- BRAG Party: volunteers working alongside Grace Institute participants to master the skill of communicating with confidence through a 2-minute elevator pitch
- Dress with Grace: volunteers participate as personal shoppers to help get Grace women prepare for interviews
- Converse with Confidence: enables Grace women to hone their interviewing skills through mock interviews and answering practice questions. Volunteers provide feedback on the overall impression of the interviewee and enhance the abilities of Grace Women to vocalize answers to questions.
iMentor empowers high school students from low-income communities in NYC to focus on college acceptance through a one-on-one mentoring relationship with college educated professional volunteers. 2016 marks the second WBC grant to iMentor. The WBC supports a mentoring program with the Young Women’s Leadership School in Brooklyn.
An event in June 2017 for WBC volunteers is in the works! Keep an eye out for iMentor events here