In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Bottomless Closet launched Operation Hope to support low-income women in New York City as they strive to get back to work and sustain their hope until they can reenter the workforce.
Low-income, New York City women of color are suffering from the effects of COVID-19.
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color and women in particular. Women have borne the brunt of job losses and Women of Color are faring worst of all with unemployment levels highest for Hispanic and Black women – groups that represent 83% of Bottomless Closet clients.
In our most recent COVID-19 Impact Survey, 68% of clients reported having been laid off as a result of the pandemic. Our experience shows that the longer these women are out of the workforce, the harder re-entry will be. If we don’t act now, an entire generation of women may never fully recover.
Bottomless Closet has launched Operation Hope to raise vital funds to empower our clients to get back to work and sustain their hope until they re-enter the workforce.
Funds raised will be put to immediate use to provide structured, focused and practical support to these women through Bottomless Closet’s virtual programs and enable us to gear up to provide in-person services when it is safe to do so.
Any contribution you can make today – no matter how small – will give a New York City woman hope for a better future. Because we can’t let a whole generation of women get left behind.
We asked members of our community:
What has kept you hopeful and positive
during the last five months?
Here’s what they had to say!