Connecting Americans with work opportunities

For our communities, living better means greater access to opportunity. The Walmart Foundation supports many initiatives that provide opportunities through job training and placement, career advice and greater access to the resources that help people become self-sufficient.

Empowering 5,000 women through job and career skills

Dress for Success is focused on helping low-income women develop the skills they need to re-enter and advance in the workforce. In 2013, the Walmart Foundation awarded $2.5 million to Dress for Success to provide job search assistance and career counseling, workforce readiness training and encouragement for thousands of women, helping them develop professional skills and personal habits that improve their job placement and career prospects.

Last year the Foundation awarded $2 million to activate the Going Places Network within 60 Dress for Success affiliates across the United States. This specially-designed program helps unemployed and underemployed Dress for Success clients gain professional skills, accelerate their job searches and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment. The new grant seeks to expand the range of services and work supports including, improving access to childcare, enhanced labor market research and partnerships with job referral agencies to better match GPN clients with employers looking to fill positions.