Con Edison Media Relations
August 30, 2012
BOTTOMLESS CLOSET AND CON EDISON
FILL WOMEN'S WARDROBES WITH SUITS, SHOES, HOPE
NEW YORK – Retail therapy takes on a different meaning for women who find “dress-for-success” wardrobes at Bottomless Closet, a non-profit organization connecting women and work.
Bottomless Closet recently got a big boost from Con Edison when the company’s employees donated 15 huge boxes of work-appropriate clothing and accessories for women struggling to enter the workforce. See more in this video about this dynamic partnership and watch Con Edison volunteers in action.
To view the video go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8uPpZE6Ea8
Bottomless Closet helps disadvantaged New York City women become self-sufficient through a comprehensive program that offers them business attire and interview preparation, as well as financial management skills and personal enrichment.
“Since our involvement in 2004, Con Edison employees have donated over 100 volunteer hours at various company-sponsored events in support of Bottomless Closet,” said Saumil Shukla, vice president, Con Edison Steam Operations. “We’ve seen first-hand how this program enhances self-esteem and self-confidence, and allows women to enter and succeed in the workforce. We are honored to partner with them.”
Bottomless Closet’s remarkable value becomes even more apparent considering more than 60 percent of the women who walk through the organization’s doors are hired, even at a time when New York City’s unemployment rate still hovers near 10 percent.
Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New York City and Westchester County to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. These philanthropic efforts support the arts, environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison’s 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region’s vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to support education by utilizing the company’s matching gifts program.