Positioning a Nonprofit to Build The OC Workforce of Tomorrow
OC Leader Board, Orange County Business Journal, January 2020
Today’s workforce is quite different than 27 years ago when WHW was first formed. In 1993, Women Helping Women was incorporated as a nonprofit organization to provide professional apparel to survivors of domestic violence so they could successfully enter the workforce. Back then, a professional outfit and completing a paper job application were the basic requisites of a successful job search.
Interview with WHW CEO, Trina Fleming
Cristial Mass Radio Show, December 2019
Some of the biggest issues facing Orange County range from housing to healthcare, to education and income. For a stable, safe, and educated community a good job is key. It also leads to a healthier lifeline. WHW provides the unemployed and underemployed with the skills and resources to land the job they need. Newly named CEO Trina Fleming shared more.
WHW Appoints Trina Fleming as New CEO
Los Angeles Sentinel, October 2019
“Trina’s appointment was a unanimous decision as she lives and breathes the mis-sion of WHW. She is com-mitted to applying her sound judgement to every endeavor with a high level of integrity as she continues to grow the organization,” said Pauline Francis, chair of WHW’s Board of Directors. “We are confident in Trina’s abilities to guide WHW to greater success in empowering the unemployed and underem-ployed with the skills and re-sources they need to get and keep a good job."
A decade after Great Recession chewed him up, homeless DJ feels almost back
OC Register, August 2019
James Henry was at an Anaheim job fair when he learned about the free job-seeker services offered by a longtime Orange County organization, WHW. Through WHW, Henry updated his workplace skills, taking classes in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. He revised his resume, and polished his demeanor in mock job interviews. He picked out a suit from the WHW racks of business attire and learned to tie a tie, a skill he never needed as a DJ. Henry also began volunteering for the nonprofit, a way to give back and add something to his resume.
A Conversation with Trina Fleming, Chief Operating Officer with WHW
Insight Magazine, June 2019
The WHW Organization is a non-profit organization that focuses on offering assistance to underemployed and unemployed individuals so they gain life skills with the end goal of finding a good job. The intention of promoting life skills, in the case of WHW, is to help people become ideal candidates for potential job opportunities. The organization’s objective is to bring people back on their feet after they have lost their jobs. As a result, job-seekers will gain a new point of view and everlasting skills that will become an integral part of their lives.
UpSkill OC provides the underemployed a pathway to careers that provide a living wage
Los Angeles Times, May 2019
"Suits for a Cause" clothing drive benefits WHW
Stu News Newport, April 2018
Clothing Drive for Unemployed Collects 500 Suits
Daily Pilot, April 2018
Seventy-four Orange County law firms and other legal organizations provided more than 500 suits and thousands of pieces of business and casual attire during a month-long clothing drive to help job seekers served by the nonprofit WHW.
Orange County Business Journal Charity Event Guide
Orange County Business Journal, January 2018
On Saturday, April 7, 2018, WHW will gather with donors, supporters, volunteers and friends to celebrate 25 iconic years of Empowering Employment Success! With the beautiful setting of the Pacific Ocean at the new Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, the event will be an inspirational afternoon of Empowering Employment Success in the style and elegance of "old Hollywood!" The celebratory afternoon will include a robust silent auction, a gourmet luncheon, inspiring messages from WHW Job Seekers, an exciting live auction and a movie-themed fashion show featuring special fashions from WHW's Deja New. We hope you will join us!
Critical Mass Non-Profit Radio Show
Critical Mass for Business Radio Show Series, December 2017
A good job is more than a paycheck; it is essential to creating a stable, safe and educated community. And for many, it is a lifeline. Since 1993, WHW has served over 80,000 job seekers, helping them find gainful employment. CEO Janie Best joined us to share how her organization effectively tailors its services to each individual.
Gift of Giving: Meet the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Orange County Honorees
Orange County Register, November 2017
National Philanthropy Day Orange County is recognizing the following 2017 honorees nominated by WHW: Outstanding Large Corporation or Business - The Capital Group Companies; Alyson Sattler, vice president, corporate charitable giving - “Through Capital Cares, we’re investing in our associates’ highest convictions with regard to philanthropy and community outreach. Our model is one akin to crowd sourcing: we partner with our associates to support the causes they bring to us that are both down the street and around the world.” Outstanding Small Corporation or Business - Montage Legal Group, Irvine; Laurie Rowen and Erin Giglia, co-founders and owners “Montage Legal Group has supported Women Helping Women (WHW) for close to a decade, and we are grateful WHW nominated us for this award. We are dedicated to making philanthropy part of our business mission, and we hope to inspire other small businesses to do the same.”
Orange County Business Journal, October 2017
A Good Job Changes Everything
Orange County Business Journal, September 2017
Driven by the vision of seeing everyone in Orange County who wants to work gainfully employed, WHW made a critical shift in organizational funding in 2012, decreasing dependence on government funding from 80% to 0% and increasing individual contributions and grants to 80%. This move placed WHW in a strong position to direct its own course, to deliver highly effective programs with measurable impacts. And for those who financially partner with WHW, the return on investment is unsurpassed. Ninety cents of every dollar donated to WHW goes directly to Employment Readiness programs. In 2016-2017, WHW Job Seekers earned over $81 million in wages, while saving over $19.8 million in entitlement payments.
Faces of Orange County 2017
Orange Coast Magazine, August 2017
In Orange County, at the helm of WHW, Chief Executive Officer Janie Best is the face of putting people to work! “Our job seekers come from a wide variety of backgrounds; the face of unemployment is not always what you think, it sometimes hits close to home.” Janie explains. “At WHW, we understand that a good job is more than just a paycheck, it is essential to creating a stable, safe and educated Orange County.” Under Janie’s tenure, WHW has transitioned from nearly 100% government funding to 90% private funding, ensuring that 91 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs.
OCBJ Charity Event Guide
Orange County Business Journal, January 2017
WHW, a nonprofit organization that has provided over 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993 will host its annual themed fundraiser on Saturday, May 6th at the beautiful Resort at Pelican Hill on Newport Coast. This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, a gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop and an exciting live auction. Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep WHW from Empowering Employment Success!
Nonprofits Help OC Get Back to Work - Orange County Register
Kyle Rowen discusses WHW and “Suits for a Cause” - Lawpreneur Radio
What’s Valentine’s Day like for survivors of domestic violence? - Orange County Register
On the Job: What’s Important in Today’s Employment Market - Orange County Register
Critical Mass Non-Profit Radio Show - Critical Mass for Business Radio Show
Charity Spotlight: Impact Giving Grant Recipients Announced - Newport Beach Independent
Mission Accomplished - Orange County Register
Critical Mass Non-Profit Radio Show - Critical Mass Radio Show Series
An Easter message of ‘Radical Generosity’ - Orange County Register
Belle of Ball Stands Tall - Orange County Register
Fairy Tale Makeovers - Coast Report Online
Job Seekers Need to Adjust With Times - Orange County Register
Belles Need Help With the Ball - Daily Pilot
WNDE Supports WHW - Accounting Tomorrow
Americans May Struggle to Put Food on the Table - Fox News
True Classic - Riviera Magazine
Eye on O.C.: Lunch with style, substanc - Orange County Register
WHW’s Two Martini Lunch and Fashion Show Celebrates 20 Years of Success - OC Social Scene
WHW Recognizes Corporate and Community Volunteers - OC Social Scene
Clothes for a Cause - Orange County Register
Make Prom Dreams Come True for Teens - OC Family
Prom Dresses Needed by Charities - Daily Pilot
WHW Board Member is Named NAWBO-OC Remarkable Woman - OC Giving
Critical Mass Non Profit Show - Critical Mass Radio Show
Boys2Men Event Helps Prepare Foster Youth for the Working World - OC Social Scene
Interview with Women Helping Women/Men2Work - Rainbow Resource Directory
2012 Employment Leader Awards Gala Celebrated the Gift of Employment - OC Social Scene
Women Lending a Hand - Newport Beach Independent
Multiple Companies Come Together to Send 320 Teens to the Prom - OC Metro
Cinderella For The Day - Coast Report
Women Helping Women/Men2Work honors First Bank’s Volunteer Efforts - OC Metro
How to get a job in today’s economy - OC Metro
Gowns Gathered for Belles - Coast Report Online
The Belles of the OCC Ball - Daily Pilot
Law Firms Give Back by Supporting WHW - Riverside Lawyer
Women Advise How to Survive Tough Times - Orange County Register
Legal Community Supports WHW with “Suits for a Cause” Clothing Drive - PR Newswire
White Nelson Holds Clothing Drive for Charity - Accounting Tomorrow
Impact Giving Awards 7 Grants - Laguna Beach Independent
WHW Honors Christina Walker of F&M Bank at First-Ever Gala - Insurance News
Dresses Sought For Foster Team Girls - Orange County Register