The Center for Women (CFW), a project of National Council Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section, is the only program in southwestern Pennsylvania that provides holistic support for women in life transitions: women who by choice or need are re-entering the job market and need to develop skills and gain work experiences to live economically independent lives. The CFW contributes to reducing the employment gap for women who need to return to work because they stepped away from the workforce to raise children, to care for an ill loved one or to navigate other life circumstances, such as divorce. The CFW addresses this need through our mentor, financial coaching, internship, and job shadowing programs; workshops; legal consults; and a Woman 2 Woman Toastmasters Club. In addition, we provide individual, on-demand consultations, where women can have their financial and insurance needs assessed, get their resume reviewed, and engage in mock interviews and targeted networking opportunities. With the assistance of over 400 volunteers, fourteen hundred women (1400) in transition have utilized CFW services over the past four years.
At the Center for Women, we design programs and initiatives to increase financial literacy, build career-related skills, connect women with mentorship and internship opportunities, and provide referrals to additional support services, all with the goal of ensuring women in the community are able to achieve and maintain economic independence and self-sufficiency.
The Center for Women serves all women without regard to faith, socio-economic status, or background.