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Forward's WV Ready for Work launches, hundreds of items make a difference

Our greatest asset is our people, but sometimes obstacles prevent people from sharing their talents in the workforce. Not having access to a uniform or other work attire should not keep workers from jobs. Forward's WV Ready for Work effort launched this month with the creation of a statewide resource network to help connect women with the items they need most to enter or stay in the workplace. We are partnering with new back-to-work organizations and holding a series of resource drives to ensure they are ready for work! 

A special thanks to the YWCA Charleston, United Way, Dress for Success River Cities and the Girls Night Out planning committee and so many generous donors for supporting the launch of WV Ready for Work during the annual Girls Night Out weekend in Charleston.

Within hours of delivery, donations made a difference to the women getting to work. From the nurse who needed solid color scrubs to get to work on Monday, to the woman who needed black pants for her job as a server, donated clothing made a difference. Your organization can host a targeted Ready to Work clothing drive as well.

Stay tuned for upcoming fall events throughout the state that will build on this first success. Based on our survey of service organizations, in-demand items include: solid color scrubs, non-slip shoes and plus-size clothes are always needed, along with black pants, white button down shirts and suits. If you are interested in joining the resource network or hosting a drive, please email wvforward@mail.wvu.edu.

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