Tampa, FL, August 24, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The Chics do it again. Last night at their monthly meeting the Chics presented two donation checks to local charities. Dress for Success was one of the lucky recipients of a generous donation of $500.
Katie McGill, Executive Director for the Tampa chapter of Dress for Success is thankful for the gift and greatly values her relationship with the Chics. She shares the non profit’s mission of promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Karen Gillman, Co-Founder of Charity Chics and VP and Sales & Marketing for On Point Executive Center is glad for the opportunity to share with other female executives who are eager to give back to the community. “We are proud to partner with Dress for Success, which allows our affiliates to provide deserving women with professional clothing that is vital in their job search process,” said Gillman. “On Point Executive Center serves as a drop-off location for business women's suits. We are thrilled to be a part of such a giving charity."
Suits can be donated at Tampa Virtual Office; On Point Executive Center located at 3030 N Rocky Point Drive W, Suite 150, Tampa FL. Donations are accepted Mon – Fri from 8:30 am – 4 pm. The donations will be given to Dress for Success to be used for local women interviewing to entering the work force. Please deliver your items on hangars and wear ready. Donations are tax deductible.
The women Dress for Success serves:
· Are single mothers (70%), raising an average of 2-3 children.
· Represent all ethnicities and races.
· Range in age from 18-60, with the majority age 18-38.
How Dress For Success works:
Dress for Success provides each woman with a business suit when she has a job interview. When she successfully lands the job, she returns to Dress for Success for up to one week’s worth of business-appropriate separates. She also receives an invitation to join the Professional Women’s Group, our career development and networking group, and participate in other employment retention programs such as the Career Center, mentoring and career fairs. Dress for Success serves job-ready women by referral only from more than 3,000 non-profit organizations including domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters and job-training programs. Their programs transition women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: She has gone from unemployment to economic independence.
About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 500,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more. The results of their programs speak for themselves:
· Dress for Success has suited more than 500,000 women since our inception in 1997.
· In 2009 alone, Dress for Success served nearly 50,000 women.
· 75% of Professional Women’s Group members have retained their jobs after one year.
· 62% of Professional Women’s Group members have been promoted and/or received salary increases.
· 60% of Professional Women’s Group members have improved their credit.
· 57% of Professional Women’s Group members have furthered their education by enrolling in or completing a GED or college program.
About Karen Gillman and On Point Executive Center
On Point Executive Center provides Tampa virtual office services to local businesses. On Point Executive Center affords small businesses the luxuries of a large corporation on a limited budget. Receptionists, office space on demand, translation services, notaries and more – on demand. For more information on them visit http://www.onpointexecutivecenter. or call the Tampa office at 813-350-7800.
Karen Gillman is Director of Women's Ministries at Mt. Zion Assembly of God, Co-founder of Charity Chics, a member of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, a member of Working Women of Tampa Bay and is involved in a wide variety of local events. She was named one of three finalists for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Leader of the Year award, named 2011 Fearless Women, finalist in the 2011 Business Woman of the Year Award - TBBJ, and one of the Top 300 Businesses in the South by Business Leader Magazine.
Charity Chics was founded by Lisa Ford and Karen Gillman. Individually accomplished women, Lisa and Karen together won the 2011 Fearless Women Tampa Bay Award, presented at the inaugural Red Carpet Awards gala, for the community support they generate through Charity Chics.
Network, Market & Mingle with Charity Chics on the third Tuesday of every month. In addition, there are events throughout the year that the organization supports as a table sponsor, and many Chics attend these events to represent Charity Chics. (Don't forget to wear your red shoes) Periodically, there are other special events too, like our holiday party, that you will not want to miss. The Chics can be found on most social media outlets by searching for CharityChics.