Walmart Foundation Awards Dress for Success Tulsa $30,000 Grant

Donation will support the Dress for Success Tulsa career service center

Tulsa (September 8, 2014)  – Recently, the Walmart Foundation provided a $30,000 grant to Dress for Success Tulsa through the Foundation’s State Giving Program in order to assist with the supply of professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by providing training materials and supplies to clients and education training workshops for staff and volunteers.

“This phenomenal contribution from the Walmart Foundation will ensure we are able to continue serving women in need,” said Ronda Adkisson, executive director of Dress for Success Tulsa. “It’s incredibly fulfilling to see women become financially independent, and the grant will go far towards supporting our programs and career development efforts.”

Dress for Success Tulsa relies on the financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts of individuals and companies around the world who are committed to helping women take charge of their lives.

“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as Dress for Success Tulsa are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Holly Luke, Walmart vice president and regional general manager. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in this state will feel a positive effect, and through that effect our impact will be expanded.”

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Oklahoma donated 15 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 13 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $30 million in fiscal year 2014 in Oklahoma alone.  For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

 

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About Dress for Success Tulsa
The mission of Dress for Success Tulsa is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional business attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Since its inception in 2001, the organization has provided career services to more than 10,000 women throughout the State of Oklahoma, serving an average of 1,200 disadvantaged women each year. All programs and services are provided at no charge to the women served.  Dress for Success Tulsa’s career services provide clients with the necessary tools and resources both to obtain and retain employment in an increasingly difficult job market. The nonprofit promotes self-sufficiency, self-esteem and overcoming obstacles in a training environment of trust and support. To learn more, visit http://www.dressforsuccess.org/tulsa.          
About Philanthropy at Walmart 
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.