19 June 2020

WOW! A New Thread in the Communities@Work Fabric

| My Gungahlin
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For many disadvantaged women who are unemployed, on low incomes or who have experienced a life-changing event, it can be a real struggle to meet the cost of suitable clothing for the next job interview or to commence new employment.

Recognising this need, Communities@Work (C@W) – one of the most progressive community service organisations in Canberra – has expanded the scope of its successful Care&Share program to incorporate ‘Working Wonders’, which provides women in need with free clothing, shoes and accessories for job interviews, work experience or other special events.

Working Wonders, often known as WOW, was launched in 2011 and has since provided a valuable service to many women who would otherwise be unable to source appropriate clothing and accessories to help them get back into the workplace or attend other significant life events.

To ensure its ongoing development as of 1 July 2013, WOW will now operate under C@W’s Care&Share banner, a program launched in 2012 to provide food and essential services to people experiencing hardship.

The Working Wonders Committee chose Communities@Work as the most appropriate community service organisation to oversee and champion the WOW program going forward and is delighted that C@W has keenly embraced the full gamut of the WOW service.

“Working Wonders is a natural fit for Care&Share. There is an overlap in the client base of each program and the resources, reach and expertise of C@W will ensure that the WOW service continues to be accessible, efficient and sustainable in the years ahead,” explained Lynne Harwood, CEO of C@W.

“I have no doubt that the WOW service will forge ahead in leaps and bounds as part of C@W’s Care&Share program, and I am grateful to C@W for recognising the community need for a service of this nature,” said Michelle Van Wijk, former WOW Executive.

The WOW culture appreciates that every woman is unique and the program seeks to stock a range of clothing and accessories to suit most needs. The friendly and helpful volunteer staff are committed to providing a respectful and efficient service to all clients.

What WOW Clients Say:

“I was made to feel very welcome and special, and was humbled by your gentle, generous and gracious assistance.”

“Thank you for your kindness and patience in selecting a professional wardrobe that will undoubtedly lift my confidence in getting back into the workforce.”

“The ladies at WOW were simply wonderful. They brought out racks of outfits and even helped match accessories. They were very respectful and never made me feel like a second class citizen.”

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