Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Women's Bean Project

Speaking of Christine, last Christmas, one of the gifts in my goodie bag was some cookie mix from a group called The Women's Bean Project. I peripherally knew about this organization, but decided to do some more investigating when I finally made the cookies. I at least owed it to Christine who always puts so much thought into her gifts. It turns out I'm glad I did my homework, and now I'm eager to support them. In fact, I plan on doing some of my Christmas shopping at their site this year. The cookies were awesome and the cause is fantastic!!
Check it out*:

Their Mission: To change women's lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.

Their Vision: Women’s Bean Project strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by offering job readiness training opportunities.With this stepping stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and their families, and create stronger role models for future generations.

Whom They Serve: The women hired at the Bean Project have histories of poverty and unemployment; they lack hope and self-confidence; most do not have a GED or high school diploma; most are single mothers and have been on public assistance; many are recovering from experiences with substance abuse and incarceration.Women find the Bean Project many different ways, but most often are referred by graduates and current program participants.

Parole officers, shelters and other service agencies all refer women to the Bean Project.

What They Do: The Women's Bean Project is a social enterprise that offers a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing designed to provide immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job. Program participants come from backgrounds of chronic unemployment and poverty, and the program helps them develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently in the workplace and community.

But the Women's Bean Project does not hire women to make and sell bean products. We make and sell bean products to hire women.

Women produce the goods that are sold nationwide as they develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently and effectively in the workplace and community.

The Women's Bean Project:
* Meets basic needs and removes barriers to employment by paying a wage and facilitating support services
* Offers life skills that enhance a woman's ability to govern her own life
* Arranges services that increase employability such as GED and computer classes
* Provide hands-on training in the fundamental job readiness skills required by entry-level employers

Why They Do It: The tools gained during their stay at the Bean Project empower women to create better lives for themselves, provide their families with hope, and contribute to a stronger community

* As listed on their website

8 comments:

Jen said...

Wow what great project!! Never heard of it before but I will definitely check it out!!

Yaya said...

We have a coffee shop in our city called this and the proceeds go to the organization. Such a good cause.

Tammy Howard said...

What a cool project! Off to see if I can do some holiday shopping there myself...

Tammy Howard said...

Update: I can and I will. A LOT of it! Thanks for the linkage!

Amy said...

Wow this is amazing. I have to see if we have this in my area.

Christine said...

The jelly beans are really yummy and make a great stocking stuffer! You might be getting some... :)

Lara said...

I am a volunteer at WBP and I wanted to just say thanks for featuring us!! One of the pleasures of giving Women's Bean products as gifts is spreading the word to your friends about this fantastic cause, and they can continue spreading the word. We really appreciate that aspect of your gift too. Thanks again.

Lara

K a b l o o e y said...

I'll check them out -- just bought my first holiday gift today, so I have plenty left to get. Thanks for the link.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Women's Bean Project

Speaking of Christine, last Christmas, one of the gifts in my goodie bag was some cookie mix from a group called The Women's Bean Project. I peripherally knew about this organization, but decided to do some more investigating when I finally made the cookies. I at least owed it to Christine who always puts so much thought into her gifts. It turns out I'm glad I did my homework, and now I'm eager to support them. In fact, I plan on doing some of my Christmas shopping at their site this year. The cookies were awesome and the cause is fantastic!!
Check it out*:

Their Mission: To change women's lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.

Their Vision: Women’s Bean Project strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by offering job readiness training opportunities.With this stepping stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and their families, and create stronger role models for future generations.

Whom They Serve: The women hired at the Bean Project have histories of poverty and unemployment; they lack hope and self-confidence; most do not have a GED or high school diploma; most are single mothers and have been on public assistance; many are recovering from experiences with substance abuse and incarceration.Women find the Bean Project many different ways, but most often are referred by graduates and current program participants.

Parole officers, shelters and other service agencies all refer women to the Bean Project.

What They Do: The Women's Bean Project is a social enterprise that offers a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing designed to provide immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job. Program participants come from backgrounds of chronic unemployment and poverty, and the program helps them develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently in the workplace and community.

But the Women's Bean Project does not hire women to make and sell bean products. We make and sell bean products to hire women.

Women produce the goods that are sold nationwide as they develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently and effectively in the workplace and community.

The Women's Bean Project:
* Meets basic needs and removes barriers to employment by paying a wage and facilitating support services
* Offers life skills that enhance a woman's ability to govern her own life
* Arranges services that increase employability such as GED and computer classes
* Provide hands-on training in the fundamental job readiness skills required by entry-level employers

Why They Do It: The tools gained during their stay at the Bean Project empower women to create better lives for themselves, provide their families with hope, and contribute to a stronger community

* As listed on their website

8 comments:

Jen said...

Wow what great project!! Never heard of it before but I will definitely check it out!!

Yaya said...

We have a coffee shop in our city called this and the proceeds go to the organization. Such a good cause.

Tammy Howard said...

What a cool project! Off to see if I can do some holiday shopping there myself...

Tammy Howard said...

Update: I can and I will. A LOT of it! Thanks for the linkage!

Amy said...

Wow this is amazing. I have to see if we have this in my area.

Christine said...

The jelly beans are really yummy and make a great stocking stuffer! You might be getting some... :)

Lara said...

I am a volunteer at WBP and I wanted to just say thanks for featuring us!! One of the pleasures of giving Women's Bean products as gifts is spreading the word to your friends about this fantastic cause, and they can continue spreading the word. We really appreciate that aspect of your gift too. Thanks again.

Lara

K a b l o o e y said...

I'll check them out -- just bought my first holiday gift today, so I have plenty left to get. Thanks for the link.