PHILADELPHIA, PA – Career Wardrobe, a nonprofit reducing barriers to work through professional clothing services and job readiness education, has been named a 2018 Champion in Action® in the category of social entrepreneurship & enterprises. The award, announced jointly by Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, includes $35,000 in unrestricted funding, as well as promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work.
Each year Career Wardrobe moves 5,000 clients from poverty, violence, trauma or incarceration to employment and financial independence. Through the Wardrobe Resale and Wardrobe Careers, a resale store not only provides apparel and accessories to job seekers, but also becomes a work experience and career skills training site.
Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. In partnership with NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, the program provides support for nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout the greater Philadelphia region.
“Career Wardrobe levels the playing field for individuals looking to transition to work, and is the first step for many to a new career leading to long-term job success,” said Dan Fitzpatrick, President, Citizens Bank, Pennsylvania. “They are a true Champion in Action, utilizing a social enterprise model to inspire change and foster financial independence.”