March 30, 2022
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Today in Trenton, local leaders from Amazon and the City of Trenton hosted a Women’s History Month program honoring two local advocacy organizations: Womanspace and Dress for Success of Central New Jersey.
“We’re here to celebrate Amazon’s partnership, not only with the city but with Womanspace and Dress for Success,” said Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. “It was amazing to see two trucks pull up that fulfilled two organization’s wish lists so they can continue in their operations and continue to provide the programming that the women of Trenton and surrounding areas deserve.”
The program, which took place at Trenton City Hall, saw Amazon deliver two vans full of wish list items for Womanspace and Dress for Success of Central New Jersey. Both agencies are non-profits that serve women and families. Womanspace provides comprehensive services to those impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Dress for Success of Central New Jersey offers women a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Donated items from Amazon included electronics like televisions, kitchen and home goods, toiletries, and children’s items.
“I am so grateful to work with the City of Trenton, Womanspace, and Dress for Success of Central New Jersey,” said Erin Hall, a leader of the Women@Amazon employee resource group in New Jersey. “To focus on Women’s History Month, we are so proud to tout everything Womanspace – which houses women who have gone through domestic violence situations and Dress for Success which helps women find jobs – do to help our community.”
Mayor Gusciora, who emceed today’s event, was joined by the city’s Health and Human Services Director Dr. Adela Ames Lopez, who called the partnerships Amazon has forged with Trenton, Womanspace, and Dress for Success of Central New Jersey “true win for the city of Trenton.”
For their parts, Womanspace and Dress for Success of Central New Jersey expressed their gratitude for Amazon’s donations and detailed the work they do to help women and families.
“Womanspace helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Nathalie Nelson, CEO and President of Womanspace. “We run three hotlines. We have different programs such as our emergency shelter. We have our transitional housing, as well as our counseling and support. We are so grateful for Amazon. They have helped us in so many ways. They help all of our clients.”
“Women come to our organization to empower themselves, to get the skills and clothes they need to become successful in the working world because economic empowerment is what we’re all about,” said Aileen Kornblatt of Dress for Success of Central New Jersey.
In addition to these donations, Amazon also detailed a volunteering agreement it has with both Womanspace and Dressed for Success. This will include resume assistance, interview training, outreach regarding job openings , and general efforts meant to help both organizations.