TransformHER

TransformHER

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A local nonprofit on a mission to help women in the workforce is moving to a new location.

The mission behind Dress for Success is to provide interview attire to women returning or entering the workforce as well as a variety of workforce development programs offering a lifetime of career support to women in the community. 

However, they recently announced big news. Dress for Success Cincinnati is preparing to move into a new location in Norwood. To support that goal, they’re also launching a $1.2 million campaign called TransformHER.

Pam Sibcy and Lisa Massa are serving as the campaign chairs for TransformHER and head the upcoming plans to move in June 2021. 

The move, which resulted from their current downtown Cincinnati location being converted to residential units, was officially initiated after a thorough search. 

“While we were not eager to leave our current location and its favorable lease—especially during the pandemic, our building was sold, and we had no choice, ” says Dress for Success Executive Director, Lisa Nolan. “But, we are using this as an opportunity to think and plan strategically for our future.” 

The new location for Dress for Success Cincinnati will allow for headquarter offices, a styling boutique, a clothing donation center, and the ability to co-located the earned-income venture and resale boutique Portaluca. 

“Having such a large space gives us the chance to provide even more seamless delivery of client services and pushed us to dream bigger for ourselves,” says Nolan.   

In terms of the TransformHER Campaign to help with the relocation, this first-ever funding campaign in the organization’s 22-year history aims to raise $1.2 million, of which $650,000 is already raised. 

“These funds are needed to relocated the organization to its new home, further develop programs to support its clients, and ensure sustainability for the future,” the organization says. 

There are three parts to the campaign:

  • Moving to a large location that allows for cohesive programming and strategic growth
  • Setting up a Fund for the Future which can only be distributed at the Board of Directors’ discretion for new opportunities, programs, and important growth
  • Building fundraising capacity by establishing a Major Gifts program and recruiting a development director

“The three-pronged plan provides the foundation necessary to further help women out of poverty and achieve economic independence,” the organization says in a press release.

 And today, the mission behind Dress for Success Cincinnati has never been more prevalent. Women have been the hardest hit during the pandemic as a recent CNBC report shared that more than 2.3 million women left the workforce since the onset of the pandemic in February 2020. 

“Millions of women are being pulled into poverty, forced into looking for work in an environment of tough competition, or both,” Dress for Success Cincinnati says. “The impact of poverty on women and their families can be long-lasting. Therefore, addressing all women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for women and her family, future generations, and the community.” 

The new Dress for Success Cincinnati location will be at 4623 Wesley Avenue in Norwood. Learn more about the organization and their mission to provide interview attire to women returning or entering the workforce at https://dfscincy.org. To learn more about the TransformHER campaign or to make a donation in support of the campaign, go to dfscincy.org/transformher

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