Fundraiser set for 5:30 p.m. Friday at the WVSU EDC Office at 1506 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Those attending ‘An Evening with West Virginia Women Work’ this week will help determine the future of the nonprofit, which offers tuition free skilled-trades training for women.
The event — schedule for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6th. at the WVSU EDC Office at 1506 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston — is to help raise money and interest to keep the nonprofit going.
“To help raise money and awareness, WVWW is hosting ‘An Evening with West Virginia Women Work’. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a silent auction,” said Misty Mayville, Job Developer/Program Coordinator at WVWW. “The fundraiser is a great way to meet successful graduates and hear their stories. It really shows what we are all about at West Virginia Women Work.”
At this time, WVWW is selling tickets for only $15 per person. For tickets or more information, contact WVWW at 304-720-1402 or email [email protected]. Although it is preferred to purchase tickets ahead of time, people are welcome to pay the ticket price when they arrive at the event.
WVWW’s program ‘Step-Up for Women’ is a tuition free skilled-trades training program. The program is designed to prepare adult women for entry-level positions in the construction industry and registered apprenticeships.
This program boasts an 80 percent job placement rate with new graduates earning a minimum of $3 more per hour than a traditional job. In past years, the organization served over 843 women in West Virginia.
“Being a nonprofit, WVWW doesn’t receive any kind of guaranteed funding for its program but has survived for the past 15 years on competitive grants. As grant funding diminishes however, WVWW looks to increased support from state agencies, businesses and private citizens to keep the doors open,” Mayville explained.
Also at the fundraiser, the attendees will have an opportunity to sign the ‘Save West Virginia Women Work’ petition. The hope for the petition is to generate interest and knowledge of the nonprofit, so it can continue to receive grants and donations to run the organization.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA WOMEN WORK:
West Virginia Women Work is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Morgantown, WV. Lisa Diehl, who is a long time advocate for women, founded it in 2000. There are presently three active training sites located in the state being in Morgantown, Martinsburg and Charleston. West Virginia Women Work encourages anyone interested in getting involved or learning more to visit their website www.wvwomenwork.org.