SAN RAFAEL’S BLOOM AND THE ALLIANCE OFCAREER DEVELOPMENT NONPROFITS (ACDN) CELEBRATE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH BY EMPOWERING WOMEN SEEKING EMPLOYMENT
NATIONAL EVENT PRESENTED BY SMART & SEXY
On Thursday, March 16th, San Rafael’s BLOOM (formerly Image for Success) and The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) will host a celebratory event in honor of Women’s History Month. The local event, part of a nationwide campaign will take place at BLOOM’s headquarters (1557 Fourth St., San Rafael) from 10am to 12:30pm on March 16. Approximately twenty-five low-income women from Marin County will have the opportunity to be fitted and outfitted with professional clothing as well as participate in career skills training to help them prepare for possible employment. For more information, 415-482-6077 www.bloommarin.org
The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits, BLOOM and 11 other ACDN member organizations are kicking off events in March throughout the U.S. aimed at helping women prepare as much as possible for employment. These events will inspire women – boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident and, most of all, employable. The special national holiday was launched in 2012 by the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (formerly known as The Women's Alliance) - a national organization of independent, community-based member organizations who provide professional attire and career skills training to low income women and men - and sponsored by Smart & Sexy, one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the country.
“As an organization that strives to inspire women every day, Bloom is incredibly proud to participate in Smart & Sexy Day again this year,” said Sherene Chen, Executive Director of Bloom. “We know that our clients will leave this event empowered, self-confident and ready to start a new chapter in their professional lives – the same way we strive to make them feel each time they leave our office.”
“It is difficult for those who have been out of the job market to find employment – this is true in times of job growth, economic downturn, or economic uncertainty. The need for the services our member agencies provide is crucial for individuals striving to gain employment. A lack of appropriate clothing to make an excellent first impression at an interview can create impossible barriers for disadvantaged women and men,” says Lynda-Ross Vega, Board President of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits. “Our community-based, volunteer driven member organizations serve over 25,000 women and men each and every year, day in and day out assuring low-income people seeking self-sufficiency have an equal chance! This event brings awareness to this important work and the impact our members are having on thousands of people’s lives in your community.”
As part of the celebration, BLOOM will provide a day of workforce training, professional image classes and individual support for women with the goal of enabling them to take action, secure employment and enhance the quality of their lives. The goal of the holiday is to help women feel good about who they are, because feeling good is looking good. Women who attend the day’s event will receive foundation garments from Smart & Sexy as well as job seeking skills training from leading local industry professionals and dedicated volunteers. The impact of the day is to demonstrate how BLOOM, Smart & Sexy, and ACDN support women in more ways than one! Attendees will also be taught how to shop and build a professional wardrobe on a budget.
Bloom, based in San Rafael, California, is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides complimentary wardrobes to men, and women and children transitioning to a life of self-reliance.
ABOUT Smart & Sexy
Smart & Sexy was founded with the idea that women should be able to have fashionably sexy lingerie that provides figure solutions at great prices. Today, we are one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the US, selling over 60 million garments a year under numerous national brands. Smart & Sexy is our in-house brand created for the fashion savvy woman. Smart fit, sexy and flattering looks, quality, comfort and amazing value are the brand's guiding principles. Smart & Sexy is the in-house brand for Ariela & Associates International which was founded over 20 years ago and is one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the country. Learn more: www.smartandsexy.com
ABOUT the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN)
The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) is the leading network of unique community based non-profits that empower women and men to achieve economic independence. ACDN fosters the creation and growth of community-based organizations that assist individuals to secure and maintain employment. We believe anyone who wants a job, should get one. All ACDN member organizations offer free professional clothing so job seekers can make a great first impression.
Each year, member agencies of ACDN assist more than 25,000 women and men across the country transition into the workplace. The professional clothing, training, and coaching services provided by our member agencies help women and men coming out of poverty, welfare, and other dire circumstances prepare for and succeed in the workplace. Since ACDN’s inception, over 300,000 women and men have been outfitted with interview attire.