- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 6, 2005

More info:

Nonprofit organizations and faith-based groups in the Greater Washington area that provide job training and related services:

mStrive DC Inc., 715 I St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone: 202/484-1264. This nonprofit organization provides free job-readiness training and job search assistance to the unemployed. It covers topics such as communication skills within the work environment, appropriate dress and setting short-term and long-term career goals. It also offers up to two years of post-placement support. There also is a Strive office in Baltimore, 3002 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215. Phone: 410/367-5691.

• Workforce Organization for Regional Collaboration (WORC), 1725 I Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: 202/857-5991. Web site: www.worconline.org. This nonprofit organization acts as a liaison among potential employers and other nonprofit groups that offer job training to the unemployed. WORC also can help job seekers find child care and get transportation vouchers. WORC covers Greater Washington. Its Web site lists more than 100 groups that provide job training.

• Bread for the City, 1525 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202/265-2400. Web site: www.breadforthecity.org. This nonprofit organization offers free workshops on job-interview skills and provides other job-search assistance to low-income residents.

mSuited for Change, 1712 I St. NW, Suite B100, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: 202/293-0351. Web site: www.suitedforchange.org. This nonprofit organization offers free professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women. The group provides services to women from Virginia, Maryland and the District.

mGoodwill Greater Washington, 2200 South Dakota Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20018. Phone: 202/636-4225. Web site: www.dcgoodwill.org. This nonprofit organization offers extensive job training and employment services. Goodwill also provides help with job placement and retention by checking in frequently with the new employee. The group can provide referrals to other nonprofit groups for services such as child care and transportation.

mSOME (So Others Might Eat), 71 O St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202/797-8806. Web site: www.some.org. This nonprofit group offers job training to the homeless and the extremely low-income along with services such as free medical care, showers, food and shelters.

• DC Central Kitchen, 425 Second St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202/234-0707. Web site: www.dccentralkitchen.org. This nonprofit group, which distributes free food to the needy, has a culinary arts job-training program that prepares unemployed and homeless adults for jobs in the food-service industry. It says it has a 91 percent job-placement rate upon graduation.

mCatholic Charities, 924 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202/772-4300. Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdc.org. This faith-based organization provides job and life-skills training. It has offices in the District and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Volunteering opportunities:

• Greater DC Cares, 1725 I St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: 202/777-4440. Web site: www.dc-cares.org. This nonprofit group is a liaison between people who want to volunteer and the hundreds of nonprofits that need their help.

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