Stephy Fajardo is a long-time volunteer at DFSO, serving the organization since 1999. Her initial project was working alongside Karen and Barb to produce the first before and after photo shoot of a client makeover that appeared in a DFSO brochure. Volunteering at DFSO, puts her life in perspective and she finds her strengths of compassion and self-acceptance come in handy on a daily basis. … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Stephy Fajardo
Photo caption: Monique Barton (right), Senior Vice President at Bank of America, and Jessica Hewitt (left), Vice President at Bank of America, present Dress For Success Oregon with a $15,000 grant for a new program helping young women find employment after leaving the foster care system. We are in the planning stages of an exciting new program called HYPE (Help Young People Excel) and Bank … Continue reading Bank of America is Helping Young Women Leaving Foster Care
Dennise Kowalczyk is an experienced fundraiser and communications professional so it is no surprise that she is a project lead for a special project to raise money for the DFSO building expansion. Although a new volunteer to our organization, her passion and excitement is evident as she handed over the preliminary tools and information for the campaign. Dennise believes, “Empowering women to be economically independent … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Dennise Kowalczyk
Earlier in the spring, Dress for Success hosted our gala event, Celebrate Success. It’s a fundraiser that shines a light on the accomplishments of the women who go through Dress for Success’s programs, and every year, we have the support of so many people. Today, we’d like to highlight our fashion partners. Our fashion partners help make our event successful — and trendy! Learn more about … Continue reading Who Were This Year’s Fashion Partners?
California Closets made it happen for DFSO! Dress For Success Oregon (DFSO) started the new year off right with a remodel of our clothing storeroom, compliments of Portland California Closets (see photos at the end of the post). As Darci Fredricks, owner and Chief Culture Officer at the local store tells it, “In 2015, there was an option to be one of the first 15 … Continue reading New Years’ Resolution to Clean your Closet?
Tucked in a small, closet-like space in The Pearl in 1998, Karen Fishel and Barb Attridge, DFSO founders, could probably have never imagined where their vision would take them. But if you have ever spent any time with either of these amazing ladies, you will instantly see their passion and singular focus on helping women change their lives for the better. “We are on a … Continue reading DFSO Founders, Barb Attridge & Karen Fishel, Named 2016 Portland First Citizens
Kathie England has been a long term fixture at DSFO beginning her role as a volunteer in January 2002. Given her tenure, she has played many roles in the organization including lead personal shopper, volunteer trainer, meeting facilitator, board member for Acey’s Closet and mentor and co-chair for Portlandia Mentor program. And if that isn’t enough, Kathie always has a smile on her face and … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Kathie England
Fast Track, a program through Dress For Success Oregon’s Career Center, has grown nearly 200% in just one year. We’re helping more women than ever, but since the program isn’t as visible as some of the other things we do at Dress for Success, I thought we’d take a closer look. What is Fast Track? Fast Track is a four week series of one day … Continue reading The Lowdown on Fast Track
DFSO saves people, and it saved Laura Wilmes, too. It was very important for her to get involved with her community as soon as she arrived in Oregon two years ago from Michigan. She wanted to meet people and feel at home as quickly as possible. DFSO did that for her and she has met many wonderful friends. Laura’s husband is an Oregonian who graciously … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Wilmes
DFSO is fortunate to have the backing of local business organizations that understand and support our mission. When a workplace bands together and pools resources to aid in the empowerment of women it strengthens all of our programs. Campbell Global, a Portland Forest and Natural Resources Investment firm aligns with DFSO with their values of integrity, quality and service. When DFSO was pitched to the … Continue reading Partners for Success – A Conversation with Evan Amano of Campbell Global