Brotherly Love: Wings For Success Helps Lift Women’s Careers
By Ukee Washington
MALVERN, Pa., (CBS) — Looking for a job often means you need a sharp outfit for interviews. But many people can’t afford that. A non-profit is helping women in the four-county suburbs get the job.
Caitlin Delcoglin is a working mother expecting a new baby and looking for interview outfits for a higher-paying job, “A couple of nice things that I can feel a little more confident going into an interview with,” she said.
At Wings for Success in Malvern, volunteer Jean Kirkaldie is helping Caitlin find the right look from racks of donated used clothing. Jean is just one of 80 volunteers helping women like Caitlin.
“Because she’s young, [I'm] trying to get young, cute things,” Jean said.
Months ago, Angela Wallace was unemployed. Back then, she received two new outfits from Wings for Success for free.
“I had the opportunity to wear both outfits because I was able to get two interviews,” said Angela, “and actually, I have the job.”
“Without the clothes, without the confidence and the proper presentation, she probably wouldn’t have gotten the job,” said LeeAnn Rilaff, Wings for Success executive director.
Now Angela is back, getting new clothes for her health care job – everything from accessories to shoes.
“Oh, she was so happy. She was so excited. She saw the difference,” said volunteer Eleanor Connelly.
And so did Caitlin. She now has several outfits perfect for work and interviews.
“I think you just feel like you could hold your head up a little higher,” Caitlin said.
Wings for Success also helps with job coaching and support. It says it especially needs monetary donations for “buying things like bras and body shapers for the clients, which we provide new, to covering workshop expenses,” said LeeAnn.
Everything to help every woman be a success.
They’ve helped more than 75-hundred women so far. Women in the four suburban counties of Philadelphia are eligible.
Frazer, PA 19355
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