When it comes to previously-owned clothing, our first thought is usually thrift stores and hand-me-downs, not professional attire. But for the past 17 years Philadelphia-based Career Wardrobe has been providing women transitioning into the workforce with the confidence—and clothing—they need to gain employment. In addition to offering internships, job-counseling, and resume writing workshops, Career Wardrobe operates the Wardrobe Boutique, a women’s clothing resale store benefiting the organization and its participants.
In recognition of their efforts, Career Wardrobe has been selected as one of 74 national finalists in the Job Raising Challenge, a crowd-funded competition for innovative job-producing nonprofits to raise money and awareness for their causes. The three groups who raise the most money will be selected as winners and awarded an additional $250,000 by the Skoll Foundation. If selected as a winner, Career Wardrobe has plans to expand its Wardrobe Boutique, reaching new communities and empowering more women—who are disproportionately impacted by unemployment—to find jobs.
ALEX JACOBS is the Grid intern for spring 2013. He is a junior history major at Haverford College.