Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 2 million women have dropped out of the workforce. In New York City, low-income, Women of Color have been among those most impacted. Operation Hope 2021 will empower these women to get back to work.
While New York City is showing encouraging signs of recovery, our most recent survey revealed that over 50% of Bottomless Closet clients remain unemployed with 79% reporting not having worked in over 6 months.
More than 55% of unemployed clients have not had a single interview since the start of the pandemic.
These women have not only lost their jobs, but in many cases they’ve lost their homes, loved ones, their sense of purpose and their self-esteem. The road to recovery may be a long one and they will need support at every stage along the way.
At Bottomless Closet, our mission has always been to empower women to succeed by equipping them with the tools, skills and confidence they need to enter the workforce. In this unique job market, the next step for us towards recovery is to welcome more clients back on site for in-person services from September in addition to the continuation of our virtual programs.
All funds raised by Operation Hope 2021 will go towards funding our expanded in-person services so we are best placed to empower unemployed, disadvantaged women to rebound.
Last year, in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, your generosity enabled us to raise over $30,000 through Operation Hope. With your help, we provided virtual programs that empowered over 3,000 clients to maintain their skills, build new ones and enter the workforce.
Operation Hope 2021 seeks to raise at least $30,000 by Labor Day. These funds will enable us to offer an enhanced range of interview and job readiness services both in-person and virtually. Please consider supporting our efforts so that we can empower New York City’s women to get back to work. Without our help, a whole generation of women could get left behind.
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