Professional Attire Distributed to Women in Need

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Professional Attire Distributed to Women in Need

For the fifth year, local retailer, Anne Waters of Anne’s on the Avenue has partnered up with AM 800CKLW and IXL Cleaners to encourage women in the community to donate at least one new or almost new business suit to be donated to women looking for a more polished image in their job search and starting new jobs through the established Ready for Work – Clothing Exchange Program of Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST)

The organizers established this initiative with a target goal to collect 1500 business suits and related accessories, the campaign began during the month of May. In addition to individuals, local businesses were invited to host a clothing drive as a way to showcase their spirit of community.

The clothing drive received an overwhelming response from community partners and generous individuals, the organizers are proud to announce that their target goal of 1500 business suits and related accessories has been achieved!

The clothes donated were professionally cleaned by IXL Cleaners and forwarded to the established Ready for Work – Clothing Exchange Program offered through Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) who has distributed them free of charge. The business clothes have helped women attending interviews and seeking employment in the community. Canadian citizens and new immigrant women are all eligible to participate in the program. Since 2006 when the first community campaign was launched, more than 1000 women have obtained clothing boosting their confidence on their path to self-sufficiency. From January 1, 2010 to July 31, 2010, WEST has serviced over 150 women under the Ready for Work program.

In addition to the clothing program, WEST offers women a wide range of career support and skills development programs available at no cost which are designed improve the employability of women in need.

Members of the local media are invited to join the organizers in a press conference, being held at the WEST office, on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. WEST is located at 647 Ouellette Avenue, Suite 108, Windsor, Ontario.

For more information, contact:

Anne Waters, Owner

Anne’s on the Avenue

(519) 979-7735

Or,

Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST)

(519) 256-6621 X 222

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