About Wardrobe for Opportunity
Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) works in partnership with the community to assist low-income individuals in their efforts to Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career.
Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) is a successful and growing 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that empowers low-income individuals from across the Bay Area with acquiring interview skills, professional clothing and the career support they need to become economically self-sufficient.
Founded in 1995 to address often overlooked, yet critical barriers to finding and retaining employment, WFO has served nearly 30,000 low-income individuals referred from over 40 partner social service and job-training agencies across the Bay Area. Founded originally to provide professional clothing for women, Wardrobe for Opportunity has expanded to provide in-depth, 360 degree professional development for men and women.
Wardrobe for Opportunity will be the recognized leader in empowering low-income women and men to achieve economic viability.
WFO is committed four strategies:
Expand client reach throughout the Greater Bay Area
- Continually engage constituents through multiple channels of communication
Diversify funding sources to ensure stability and growth
- Create a culture that attracts and retains staff and volunteers that are passionate about WFO.
2014 Program Results
- Served 1,719 low-income job-seekers in our Find a Job programs. Within 45 days of their interview wardrobe appointment, over 81% of clients secured an interview and 27% secured employment.
- Partnered with over 40 local job-training organizations to support their clients in getting what they need to ace their interviews.
- Delivered 23 interview workshops to over 154 low-income job-seekers, giving them the confidence, networks, and experience they need to secure employment.
- Graduated over 80 individuals from Pathways!
- Partnered with Mujeras Unidas y Activas (MUA) to translate our Pathways program into Spanish. WFO graduated 28 women from this program and are planning two more deliveries in 2015, with over 40 predicted graduates.
- In 2014, 20 unique individuals participated in our innovative Success Series program.