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  1. 1. 2730 Colony Park Dr. Ste. 7 Memphis, TN 38118 901.363.3100 Office 901.363.3789 Fax www.dressforsuccess.org/memphis VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM SUPPORTPROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S GROUP (PWG) VOLUNTEERS Through its monthly meetings, the PWG provides ongoing career and personal development opportunities for Dress for Success Memphis clients who are employed. The PWG takes a comprehensive approach to moving low-income women toward self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to assist with meeting planning, meeting logistics, member recruitment and retention. Volunteers are also needed to be speakers are also needed to conduct presentations and presenters at the meetings, which . These meetings are held at the Dress for Success Memphis office on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). The meetings include breakfast for PWG members and theirchildren, for whom free childcare, with guided activities, is provided. The PWG Steering Committee is asub-committee of our Programs Steering Committee and assists with program planning &implementation, infrastructure development, and research for the PWG program.“WORKING WOMAN’S” CAREER CENTER VOLUNTEERS Comment [r1]: Is the Dress for Success MemphisThe primary objective of the Career Center is to provide users with access privileges to resources that Career Center for women only now and/or will thisare necessary to launch successful employment searches and that will promote employment retention. particular career center be open to men once theThe Center entails computers with Word and resume wizards, as well as the internet, as most men’s suiting program commences?companies require electronic remittance of job applications and resumes/cover letters. The CareerCenter also offers, via its “Suited for Success” workshops, assistance with resume writing/editing,printing, and faxing, as well as mock interviews, individualized career coaching, business etiquette &networking basics, and other skills training seminars “keeping the woman on the job.” The scope of Comment [r2]: How does the Career Center helpservices, which directly respond to the skills gaps and barriers of our clients are: skills inventories & to keep clients employed or groom them for jobassessments, resume writing/editing, individualized career coaching, mock interviewing and skills retention? I would suggest preparation of atrainings. Volunteers experienced in these areas are needed to deliver the program components. The PowerPoint presentation and print-outs of dos andCareer Center Committee is a sub-cCommittee of the Programs Steering Committee and assists with don’ts in the work setting, if you don’t already have material of this nature in production andprogram planning & implementation, infrastructure development, and research for the Career Center distribution.programs. Comment [r3]: This would be a great place to interject the previously proposed self-guided typing“SUITED FOR SUCCESS” Workshop Volunteers include mock interviewers, resume courses, as well as basic computer and businesswriting workshop facilitators, and discussion group facilitators: writing courses that would include tips for the effective drafting of business or officeMOCK INTERVIEWERS conduct mock interviews of clients and render feedback to each via written correspondence, like memorandums, letters, etc.,assessments or completion of forms that are utilized for this purpose. Feedback in this context and/or directing participants to templates of theseincludes suggestions or helpful tips for improving clients’ interviewing skills based on the mock sort that demonstrate exemplary construction ofinterviewer’s observations during these sessions. This is an ideal opportunity for human resource such documents. *Typing, computer, and writing skills are universalprofessionals or anyone with experience interviewing, hiring, managing, or leading employees, or any or are applicable to all professions, and mastery ofpromising candidates who are willing to be trained. (Women and men are welcome for these these skills increase an employee’s value to her orpositions) his employer.RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP FACILITATORS assist clients with drafting basic resumes; theyalso answer questions regarding the components of a resume, cover letter, and the basic jobapplication.
  2. 2. DISCUSSION GROUP FACILITATORS conduct discussions in small group settings on topics ofrelevance to work and life; the purpose of these sessions or discussions is to foster interaction andconfidence with networking and interpersonal communication.Dress for Success Memphis AMBASSADORS The Dress for Success Ambassadors are representatives of the organization that who have a passion for and commitment to our mission providing suits to self sufficiency. Ambassadors will educate the public about the mission of Dress for Success Memphis and giveby word of mouth and distribution of information about our programs.; Ambassadors will also galvanize support for the organizationDress for Success;, and help us to recruit clients and attract additional volunteers, and donors and clients. Prospective aAmbassadors are asked to undergo through a training program that consists of doing the following: volunteering within the boutique, and do committing to a minimum oftwo hours of sorting, and two hours of working as a personal shopper,; attending one PWGmMeeting,; attending one Dress for Success Memphis event,; and one Dress for Success MemphissSeminar, after which you’ll receive your Ambassador certificate and pin. Lastly, youthe candidatemust shadow an Ambassador or Dress for Success Memphis staff member before going out on yourown. An Ambassador certificate and pin will be awarded to candidates after successful completion ofall training elements. Ambassadors must commit to doing four speaking engagements per year andparticipate participating in semi-annual in-service training workshops. Two particular events that ourambassadors help us to conduct are our Steps to Success and Fashioning Your Future workshops.Both generate income to help support for the organization’s operations and programs and ultimatewhile furthering our mission of helping women enter and succeed in a career. Training for conductingthese workshops is available.Specific training is offered on conducting these workshops.“SUITED FOR SUCCESS” Workshop Volunteers The Dress for Success Memphis “Suited forSuccess” workshop consists of the following components: basic resume writing, mock interviewing,business etiquette and networking basics.MOCK INTERVIEWERS - conduct mock interview for an entry level position and completes anInterview Feedback form. Interaction with each client should include comments, suggestions and tipshelpful for improving the applicant’s interviewing skills based on your observation during her mockinterview. Ideal opportunity for human resource professionals or anyone with experience interviewing,hiring, managing or leading employees. (women and men welcome for this position)RESUME WRITING FACILITATORS - assist the clients with drafting a basic resume and answeringquestions regarding the components of a resume and the basic job application.DISCUSSION GROUP FACILITATORS - facilitate a discussion in a small group setting on topicsrelevant to work and life; the purpose of the session is to foster interaction and to build confidencewith networking and interpersonal communication. Comment [S4]: This information is more appropriate with the career center info. CLIENT SUITING & BOUTIQUE OPERATIONS VOLUNTEERS50 FABULOUS FASHIONISTAS - PERSONAL SHOPPERS wWork individually with each clientduring her suiting appointment to ensure that she receives appropriate professional attire. There is some boutique organizing and clean up required also. However, the most important part of the Personal Shopper’s job is to boost the client’s self-esteem sot that she feels confident and self- assured at her job interview. Personal shopping is an enjoyable and rewarding way to make a direct impact on the lives of Dress for Success clientsour clients’ lives. This is an Iideal opportunity for any woman who has an eye for dressing, enjoys clothing, shopping, and & connecting in a personal way with other women.
  3. 3. LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GALS (L.E.G.s)The League of Extraordinary Gals performs a variety of functions to facilitatehelp keep officeoperations going: OFFICE ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANCETS Typical duties of office administration assistants include general typing, filing, managing phone inquiries, scheduling appointments, and calling clients to follow-up. Volunteers are also needed to assist in entering client demographics and suiting information into our client database data and statistical tracking for spreadsheets to track client statistics. SORTERS We receive many generous donations, some of which are inappropriate as interview attire. Sorters sort through clothing donations and separate articles that are suitable as interview and employment attire from those that are not. Unusable items are bagged for donation to other agencies, while retained articles are further sorted by size and hung on racks or properly stored by the sorters. Donated items must be sorted and sized. Items we cannot use need to be bagged for donation to other agencies. This work is a continual process and volunteer sorters can be scheduled on a regular basis, depending on availability of these positions. Groups Also, groups can sort together on the 3rd 3rd Saturday of each month. Formatted: SuperscriptSPECIAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEERS Volunteers areneeded to participate in planning and executing fundraising events for Dress for Success. Some of ourkey fundraising activities are outlined below:Spring Fundraiser – This is our major fundraiser for the organization., It which includes acorporate and community luncheon and a greeting card campaign. Related plans and activities beginin the Fall of each year and culminate into the Spring of the following year. Volunteers are needed tohelp prepare general request letters and packets of information for distribution to to go to potentialcorporate and individual donors. Volunteers also assist with addressing cards, general request lettersand finally, the cards themselves that are mailed to prospective patrons sent on the behalf of donorswho provide us with recipients’ lists our donors to individuals on their recipients’ lists. Volunteers arealso needed therewithal to serve on the luncheon committee to coordinate and execute a successfulevents. Dress for Success Memphis is looking for people who will throw C.O.I.N.S. to help support our mission. Throwing C.O.I.N.S. is an acronym for Circle Of Influence Networking Soirees., and were designed for those who asked "What can I do to help your organization?" These events. C.O.I.N.S. are small Comment [r5]: This isn’t necessary because gatheringsgroups of friends, associates, and/or families family who that everyone who volunteers or donates clothing or generate interest in and support for Dress for Success within their a persons other resources to Dress for Success is responding circle of influence. and an opportunity to develop new this question.friends to sustain the organization. Not only are C.O.I.N.S is it beneficial to Dress for SuccessMemphis, but they also provide its also an opportunity for the host/hostess and guests to socialize ,mingle and/or network with a purpose.Hosting C.O.I.N.S. can entail be anything from a small martini or afternoon tea party, to an afternoontea to a backyard barbecue—be as creative as you wish.. Do it in your own way, because no matterhow Hhowever you do it,... youll be doing it for a great cause! And know that Eevery effort and everyamount raised is important to us; . Dont forget....its not about how much is raised from any oneevent or any one person. Everyone who has ever had a penny jar knows... that little amounts add up,over time, , add up!and all the more when your C.O.I.N.S. are tossed in with others who share ourcommon goal.Dress for Success Memphis will provide support to anyone wishing to throw C.O.I.N.S. You invite theguests and provide the refreshments and we will provide the collateral material, deliver the message
  4. 4. about Dress for Success Memphis, and, if necessary, also help with the party planning ideas, invitationdesign, etc. Ask- ask us and well be glad to help.Well be sharing pictures on our website from the C.O.I.N.S. thrown for our organization. So, lets getstarted -— throw your C.O.I.N.S. for Dress for Success Memphis!!! Upscale Garage Sale – This event, held late October, is a fun event through which we raise funds to purchase clothing for our clients in sizes that are sparsely not normally donated to us. It’s a two-day event held in late October, and which includes a pre-opening reception celebration and the all-day Saturday sale, which that is held in a large tent. Volunteers are needed to: help solicit donations of household goods, clothing (aside from our stock of donations), and other items that can be sold during thesale. Volunteers additionally; sort, log in, tag, and price the inventory; they also set up for the sale —this includes (including transporting merchandise from the storage area to the sale site), andattractively displaying the merchandise in the tent.; Volunteers are also needed to act as cashiers andenthusiastic spokespeople who will inform and/or better acquaint patrons and inquirers about themission and goals of salespeople, not only selling the merchandise but telling people about Dress forSuccess Memphis. and what we do
  5. 5. 2730 Colony Park Dr. Ste. 7 Memphis, TN 38118 901.363.3100 Office 901.363.3789 Fax www.dressforsuccess.org/memphis VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM SUPPORTPROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S GROUP (PWG) VOLUNTEERS Through its monthly meetings, the PWG provides ongoing career and personal development opportunities for Dress for Success Memphis clients who are employed. The PWG takes a comprehensive approach to moving low-income women toward self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed to assist with meeting planning, meeting logistics, member recruitment and retention. Volunteer speakers are also needed to conduct presentations at the meetings, which are held at the Dress for Success Memphis office on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). The meetings include breakfast for PWG members and their children, for whom free childcare, with guided activities,is provided. The PWG Steering Committee is a sub-committee of our Programs Steering Committeeand assists with program planning & implementation, infrastructure development, and research for thePWG program.CAREER CENTER VOLUNTEERSThe primary objective of the Career Center is to provide users with access privileges to resources thatare necessary to launch successful employment searches and that will promote employment retention.The Center entails computers with Word and resume wizards, as well as the internet, as mostcompanies require electronic remittance of job applications and resumes/cover letters. The CareerCenter also offers, via its “Suited for Success” workshops, assistance with resume writing/editing,printing, and faxing, as well as mock interviews, individualized career coaching, business etiquette &networking basics, and other skills training seminars. Volunteers experienced in these areas areneeded to deliver the program components. The Career Center Committee is a sub-committee of thePrograms Steering Committee and assists with program planning & implementation, infrastructuredevelopment, and research for Career Center programs.“SUITED FOR SUCCESS” Workshop Volunteers include mock interviewers, resumewriting workshop facilitators, and discussion group facilitators :MOCK INTERVIEWERS conduct mock interviews of clients and render feedback to each via writtenassessments or completion of forms that are utilized for this purpose. Feedback in this contextincludes suggestions or helpful tips for improving clients’ interviewing skills based on the mockinterviewer’s observations during these sessions. This is an ideal opportunity for human resourceprofessionals or anyone with experience interviewing, hiring, managing, or leading employees, or anypromising candidates who are willing to be trained. (Women and men are welcome for thesepositions)RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP FACILITATORS assist clients with drafting basic resumes; theyalso answer questions regarding the components of a resume, cover letter, and the basic jobapplication.DISCUSSION GROUP FACILITATORS conduct discussions in small group settings on topics ofrelevance to work and life; the purpose of these sessions or discussions is to foster interaction andconfidence with networking and interpersonal communication.
  6. 6. Dress for Success Memphis AMBASSADORS The Dress for Success Ambassadors are representatives of the organization who have a passion for and commitment to our mission. Ambassadors will educate the public about the mission of Dress for Success Memphis by word of mouth and distribution of information about our programs. Ambassadors will also galvanize support for Dress for Success, and help us to recruit clients and additional volunteers and donors. Prospective ambassadors are asked to undergo training that consists of the following: volunteering within the boutique, committing to a minimum of two hours of sorting, twohours of working as a personal shopper, attending one PWG meeting, attending one Dress for SuccessMemphis event, and one Dress for Success Memphis seminar. Lastly, the candidate must shadow anAmbassador or Dress for Success Memphis staff member. An Ambassador certificate and pin will beawarded to candidates after successful completion of all training elements. Ambassadors must committo four speaking engagements per year and participate in semi-annual in-service training workshops.Two particular events that our ambassadors help us to conduct are our Steps to Success andFashioning Your Future workshops. Both generate income to help support the organization’soperations and programs and ultimate mission of helping women enter and succeed in a career.Training for conducting these workshops is available. CLIENT SUITING & BOUTIQUE OPERATIONS VOLUNTEERS50 FABULOUS FASHIONISTAS — PERSONAL SHOPPERS work individually with each clientduring her suiting appointment to ensure that she receives appropriate professional attire. There is some boutique organizing and clean up required also. However, the most important part of the Personal Shopper’s job is to boost the client’s self-esteem so that she feels confident and self- assured at her job interview. Personal shopping is an enjoyable and rewarding way to make a direct impact on the lives of Dress for Success clients. This is an ideal opportunity for any woman who has an eye for dressing, enjoys clothing, shopping, and connecting in a personal way with other women.LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GALS (L.E.G.s)The League of Extraordinary Gals performs a variety of functions to facilitate office operations: OFFICE ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANTS Typical duties of office administration assistants include general typing, filing, managing phone inquiries, scheduling appointments, and calling clients to follow-up. Volunteers are also needed to assist in entering client demographics and suiting information into our client database and statistical tracking spreadsheets. SORTERS We receive many generous donations, some of which are inappropriate as interview attire. Sorters sort through clothing donations and separate articles that are suitable as interview and employment attire from those that are not. Unusable items are bagged for donation to other agencies, while retained articles are further sorted by size and hung on racks or properly stored by the sorters. This is a continual process and volunteer sorters can be scheduled on a regular basis, depending on availability of these positions. Groups can sort together on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
  7. 7. SPECIAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEERS are needed toparticipate in planning and executing fundraising events for Dress for Success. Some of our keyfundraising activities are outlined below:Spring Fundraiser – This is our major fundraiser for the organization. It includes a corporate andcommunity luncheon and a greeting card campaign. Related plans and activities begin in the Fall ofeach year and culminate into the Spring of the following year. Volunteers are needed to help preparegeneral request letters and packets of information for distribution to potential corporate and individualdonors. Volunteers also assist with addressing cards that are mailed to prospective patrons on behalfof donors who provide us with recipients’ lists. Volunteers are needed therewithal to serve on theluncheon committee to coordinate and execute successful events. Dress for Success Memphis is looking for people who will throw C.O.I.N.S. to help support our mission. C.O.I.N.S. is an acronym for Circle Of Influence Networking Soirees. C.O.I.N.S. are small groups of friends, associates, and/or families who generate interest in and support for Dress for Success within their circle of influence. Not only are C.O.I.N.S beneficial toDress for Success Memphis, but they also provide an opportunity for the host/hostess and guests tosocialize and/or network with a purpose.Hosting C.O.I.N.S. can entail anything from a small martini or afternoon tea party to a backyardbarbecue—be as creative as you wish. However you do it, youll be doing it for a great cause! Andknow that every effort and every amount raised is important to us; its not about how much is raisedfrom any one event or any one person. Everyone who has ever had a penny jar knows that littleamounts add up over time, and all the more when your C.O.I.N.S. are tossed in with others who shareour common goal.Dress for Success Memphis will provide support to anyone wishing to throw C.O.I.N.S. You invite theguests and provide the refreshments and we will provide the collateral material, deliver the messageabout Dress for Success Memphis, and, if necessary, also help with the party planning ideas, invitationdesign, etc. Ask us and well be glad to help.Well be sharing pictures on our website from the C.O.I.N.S. thrown for our organization. So, lets getstarted — throw your C.O.I.N.S. for Dress for Success Memphis!!! Upscale Garage Sale – This is a fun event through which we raise funds to purchase clothing for our clients in sizes that are sparsely donated to us. It’s a two-day event held in late October, and includes a pre-opening reception celebration and the all-day Saturday sale, which is held in a large tent. Volunteers are needed to help solicit donations of household goods, clothing (aside from our stock of donations), and otheritems that can be sold during the sale. Volunteers additionally sort, log in, tag, and price theinventory; they also set up for the sale— this includes transporting merchandise from the storage areato the sale site and attractively displaying the merchandise in the tent. Volunteers are also needed toact as cashiers and enthusiastic spokespeople who will inform and/or better acquaint patrons andinquirers about the mission and goals of Dress for Success Memphis.

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