Women Helping Women SOV 21

Published: April 20, 2021

Honoree’s Name: Yvonne Huynh

Award Category: Work

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Yvonne Huynh was a new volunteer who reached out to WHW during the pandemic because she wanted to do something to make a difference in the lives of job seekers. She knew that there were many people who needed help getting back to work and with her experience managing teams, she felt she could provide some important insight into the mind of hiring managers. As a member of the Orange County chapter of the Association for Talent Development, Yvonne also brought a valuable perspective to WHW job seekers during virtual mock interviews, reminding them to always keep in mind what the interviewer was thinking. Her thoughtful feedback and suggestions helped job seekers take their interview skills to the next level, and to be more intentional about communicating the value they bring to potential employers.

Yvonne Huynh brought valuable perspectives and provided important insight into the mind of hiring managers during mock interviews, helping WHW job seekers to take their interview skills to the next level.

Honoree’s Name: Renee Van Dorne

Award Category: Work

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Renee Van Dorne of Edwards Lifesciences was eager to do whatever she could to help job seekers get back to work. When we approached her about facilitating a webinar based on the book, “Who Moved My Cheese,” she was immediately on board. She invested time and energy in developing a presentation that not only discussed change management, but also pointed out how this skill set affected a successful job search. One of the most popular and well attended webinars, the session helped job seekers understand why improved adaptability skills are so attractive to potential employers. One job seeker shared, “I feel re-energized! I was feeling stalled out in my job search as I have sent out so many resumes and applications with no response. This webinar inspired me to keep searching through the “maze.” As part of this session, every attendee had the opportunity to receive the book and Renee and Edwards Lifesciences donated the first 12 copies!

Renee invested time and energy in developing one of our most popular and well attended webinars, “Who Moved My Cheese,” which not only discussed change management, but also pointed out how this skill set affects a successful job search.

Honoree’s Name: Peter Brennan

Award Category: Work

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Even before the pandemic, WHW recognized the need for job seekers to work on improving their soft skills. Communication skills, in particular are on the top of most lists of hiring managers. When we reached out to Peter Brennan, Executive Editor of the Orange County Business Journal, and author of “How to Write at Work” about facilitating a business writing webinar for our job seekers, he jumped at the chance! If candidates want to stand out, if they want to obtain good paying jobs and if they want to advance in their career, their business writing skills must be good. Peter spent the time reviewing basic writing materials and helped develop and facilitate one of our most popular webinars last year. He was engaging, personable and funny. But most of all, he provided information on some of the basic writing skills that make the difference in a cover letter, resume and writing sample. Peter provided an in-demand skill when it was most needed!

Peter spent the time reviewing basic writing materials and helped develop and facilitate one of our most popular webinars last year, helping to improve cover letters, resumes and writing samples, all in-demand skills when they were most needed.

Team Name: PIMCO

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

PIMCO has supported the mission of WHW since 2012. The organization truly understands both the opportunity and obligation to effect meaningful social change. With a focus on human development and sustainable worldwide economic growth, PIMCO strategically partners with nonprofit organizations to support critical on-the-ground services and innovative opportunities around the globe. In the midst of the pandemic, 13 PIMCO volunteers quickly raised their hands to help WHW provide upskill training to displaced job seekers. The team devoted months of work to developing virtual training programs in IT, Project Management, Website Development and Maintenance and Social Media Marketing. Each four week training program included a PowerPoint presentation and comprehensive training document. After development of the training programs, the volunteers facilitated each training, answering questions, providing background data and even sharing their own contact information with job seekers who needed additional support in each of the areas. One job seeker who participated in the trainings shared, “I believe the PIMCO team highlighted important skills throughout each webinar. These classes have provided me with the knowledge to be better equipped in today’s job market.” This collaboration was a great example of moving lives and community forward by being better together!

Team Name: Southern California Edison’s Women’s Roundtable

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Southern California Edison believes in community. They partner with local nonprofits to support groups that are often underserved with the goal of building a better tomorrow. Their Women’s Roundtable, a business resource group, was one of the first corporate partners to reach out to WHW during the pandemic. Women’s Roundtable works to empower women, promote diversity & inclusion and help women during various stages of their lives. With similar missions, group’s partnership with WHW is a natural fit. Their 15 volunteers devoted time and energy into putting together a half day event that would support job seekers through resume reviews, LinkedIn profile assessments and mock interviews. Volunteers went through hours and hours of preparation and training to ensure that the virtual Saturday event would have a significant impact on the job search of the participants in all three areas. For job seekers, particularly in the early days of the pandemic, the event hosted by SCE became a beacon of hope, leaving an indelible mark on their lives. One participant shared, “I wondered what I did wrong in interviews and employers never tell you. I wondered how my resume looked to someone not familiar with me. Today I got to understand how to move to the next level.” Southern California Edison’s continued partnership is an investment in the lives of our job seekers and in the future of our community.

Team Name: Union Bank

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Union Bank, who has supported WHW for many, many years, reached out during the pandemic because they wanted to volunteer to make a difference in the lives of our job seekers who were trying to navigate career transitions. Six volunteers developed and presented a three-part webinar series on customer service skills. Our hope for “The Customer Experience” was to encourage job seekers to explore new career opportunities and to elevate some of their skill sets. In addition to this, the volunteers ensured that series also addressed how to respond to interview questions about customer service and what hiring managers are looking for in customer service candidates. One participant shared, ““Thank you Union Bank! What a great course! I have changed how I answer interview questions as well as my cover letter using some of the terms I have heard during these courses. Well worth my time!” This popular webinar series inspired some of our job seekers to explore new ideas, new concepts and new ways of thinking!

Team Name: Clark Construction

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Clark Construction is passionate about making a difference in the communities they serve and call home. Through both dollar and deed, they embrace the opportunity to make a lasting impact through community service. In honor of the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. this year, volunteers were eager to roll up their sleeves to help in WHW’s Professional Apparel Center, Donation Center and social enterprise, Deja New. So with masks on and social distancing procedures in place, ten volunteers spent hours moving our mission forward by processing a mountain of appreciated clothing and accessories – ensuring each item was job seeker ready. These spirited volunteers helped with some of the critical behind the scene work that is not often seen and yet impacts the lives of those we serve.

Team Name: Comerica Bank

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Comerica Bank Volunteers had always come on-site to volunteer in support of WHW job seekers, but were excited about what they could do virtually. Working with WHW staff, 16 volunteers assisted in putting together a Mock Interview event designed to help participants improve their virtual interview skills and learn tips on how to impress potential employers. After the virtual breakout sessions, participants had the opportunity to share their greatest take away from the impactful event. Almost everyone agreed that the one-on-one time spent with the Comerica volunteers increased their confidence, which is critical to landing a job. One job seeker summed it up like this: “This Mock Interview Session was amazing! I felt like today I walked out of there with a job! I feel lots of confidence!”

Team Name: Zonta Club of Newport Harbor

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Members of the Zonta Club of Newport Harbor reached out to WHW during the pandemic because they wanted to do something that would help make the world a better place for women and girls. We asked if their group could assemble some much needed personal care kits. We went on to ask if they could include a personal hand written note in each kit that would inspire a job seeker in their journey to employment. The service-minded members were all in, donating hours and hours to assemble 100 kits, each with a handwritten note! This was quite an undertaking for the group of eight, but these ladies were determined to do whatever it took to support those who had lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Team Name: CA Kids Giving Back

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

The goal of CA Kids Giving Back is to make the world a better place and teach other kids about compassion. Run by children and teens, with a little help from Moms and Dads, the organization wants to do as much as they can to help people, the earth, and animals. But what makes them really happy is when they inspire other people to give back. In spite of the pandemic, CA Kids Giving Back reached out to WHW wanting to do something to help all of the people who had lost their jobs because of COVID-19. But it had to be something where people could still be safe. So they decided to do a “drive by” clothing and toiletry drive, collecting bin loads of apparel, accessories and personal care items. Using Instagram to promote the event, these mighty junior philanthropists also raised over $5,000 in sponsorships and through the sale of opportunity drawings. Since their beginning in 2016, they have hosted almost 50 events and raised more than $50,000 supporting organizations in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties!

Team Name: Salesforce

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Salesforce has been a long time champion of WHW job seekers, rolling up their sleeves and providing on-site support through training, helping in our donation center and more. They believe that bringing people together changes everything. In the midst of the pandemic, Salesforce reached out wanting to do something to support those individuals who were looking to make career transitions. Eight volunteers worked with our team to put together a panel discussion on careers in Salesforce. During the 90 minute event, “Reshape Your Future,” volunteers shared their own personal journeys of career transformation and how use of the content relationship management (CRM) platform had allowed them to recreate themselves and their careers. The inspirational stories of personal struggles gave job seekers hope and a renewed confidence in what their future might look like. One job seeker shared, “It really was inspiring to hear their stories. It motivates me, especially in times like this, when being unemployed can feel like you are stuck in a rut.” In this competitive job market, it is so important that job seekers approach their job search with confidence and hope and Salesforce volunteers provided clear examples of why it matters and how much of a difference it can make!

Team Name: Assisteens of Anaheim

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

The Assisteens of Anaheim offers girls and boys from grades 7 through 12 the opportunity to volunteer within their community and develop leadership and organizational skills. It is an auxiliary of a larger organization, the Assistance League of Anaheim. The organization is dedicated to providing services that enrich and improve the quality of life within our community. In the midst of the pandemic, this young philanthropic group reached out to WHW wanting to do something to support those who had lost their jobs due to COVID-19. The eager group held a Clothing Drive, collecting new and gently used apparel, accessories and toiletries. While the group’s projects provide good opportunities for the young people to build good qualities like teamwork and leadership, they also support critical community needs and help to move lives forward.

Team Name: Citizens Business Bank

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Citizens Business Bank is consistently recognized as one of the top performing banks in the nation. The Bank has supported over 300 local nonprofits and that generosity is not limited to monetary donations. Each year, Bank associates devote thousands of hours to volunteering for local causes and charitable organizations in the areas where their teams live and work. Right at the onset of the pandemic, the Bank was one of the first funders to reach out to WHW with unsolicited COVID-relief financial support. But they wanted to do more. Before the pandemic, their teams had been coming onsite to help job seekers one-on-one with job search skills. Now that everyone had to stay home, they immediately signed on to do multiple rounds of virtual resume reviews, LinkedIn profile reviews and mock interviews with our job seekers. One job seeker touched by Citizens Business Bank volunteers shared, “There are no words to express my deep gratitude to you for taking me under your wing to show me how to structure my new professional resume. I am so proud to send it out! Your caring support has given me the courage to face the future.” The time and energy that these volunteers consistently contribute to our community is making a difference that will impact generations to come.

Team Name: Capital Group

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Long time WHW supporter, Capital Group, has helped to push forward the mission of WHW in so many ways over the years. When the pandemic hit, they once again stepped up volunteering to provide whatever support they could. Recognizing the added stress of job searching during a health crises, three volunteers from Capital Group contributed their time and knowledge to host two webinars for our job seekers focused on well-being and stress management. While working on resumes and helping job seekers refine their interview skills is important, taking the time to address some of the underlying issues that our participants were facing is just as critical, yet often overlooked. Capital Group’s wellness information and advice made our participants feel safe and cared about. One attendee shared, “I was feeling a lot of anxiety from my prolonged job search and the ongoing COVID situation. Now when I’m feeling anxious, I take a minute to breathe and put a fist over my heart. I immediately feel a new sense of strength and purpose.” Another three Capital Group volunteers presented a two part webinar in celebration of Women’s History Month on 12 habits that hold women back in their career. The sessions, “How Women Rise,” presented job seekers with the opportunity to participate in small group settings to delve deeper into the habits and ways to overcome them. The time and energy the volunteers invested provided thought provoking discussion, inspired individuals to overcome negative self-talk and to recognize their value. By opening up about their own lives, they provided a safe space for sharing and for hope. One job seeker shared, ““We now realize we are better than we often think and need to project that without fear of judgement in our actions.” Ten other volunteers from Capital Group signed up to work with job seekers to help them improve their interview skills. The mock interview event was designed to help job seekers feel more comfortable and confident with the interview process, particularly in this new virtual environment. The volunteer group walked job seekers through some of the most common questions, provided feedback on virtual set up and inspired job seekers to confidently share the professional accomplishments that demonstrate how they are a fit for a positon. At the end of the event, every participant had a big smile on their face, eager to use their new found confidence at their next job interview. Through these events and more, volunteers from Capital Group have helped move the lives of countless job seekers toward a successful job search and economic stability.

Team Name: JPMorgan Chase

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Chase has long supported the mission and job seekers of WHW. The organization believes in investing in people and places to tackle barriers to opportunity and creating the conditions for lasting change. At the onset of the pandemic, these volunteers reached out to WHW and wanted to know how they could help on a consistent basis. Two of the critical tools needed by job seekers is a polished resume and confident interview skills. JPMorgan Chase signed on to do multiple rounds of virtual resume reviews and mock interviews with our job seekers. Their honest and constructive feedback was delivered with care and consideration, making our participants feel empowered and more prepared for their job search. After one session, a job seeker shared, “I want to thank all those involved in creating and organizing the interview training yesterday. Before the meeting, I wasn’t feeling very motivated to join because the last quarter has been demoralizing. I began to internalize a bleak narrative about my prospects. However, after the workshop, my spirits were uplifted.” JPMorgan Chase’s generous contribution of time and talent has made a true impact in the lives of others.

Team Name: CISOSHARE

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

CISOSHARE, an award-winning leader and innovator in security program development, believes in removing barriers that individuals face when entering the cyber security industry and helping individuals who are unemployed, underemployed or untrained to get good jobs and have satisfying careers. Their CyberForward Academy has enabled countless job seekers to successfully transition to growing and exciting industries. By partnering with nonprofit organizations, CISOSHARE provides critical training resources to many underserved groups in our community. Always looking for an opportunity to provide a pathway to success to job seekers, seven volunteers from CISOSHARE partnered with WHW to present an informational panel discussion on career options in cyber security. What was most surprising to attendees is that a job seeker does not need a technical background to be successful in the industry. One attendee shared, “Fantastic information and glad there is a way in without a technical background. I am inspired!” CISOSHARE believes in moving lives forward in ways that have meaning and long lasting impact

 


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  1. WHW is so grateful to have the support of so many amazing volunteers! We simply could not accomplish our mission with out your support. We are blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate each of you!

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