So our second pop-up went down yesterday. As expected, it was a success. We didn’t end human trafficking yesterday, we didn’t serve 10,000 people & we didn’t make the front page of the paper. But for the women & girls who came out, we did a small part to help them get to where they want to be.
Here’s the breakdown:
Last pop-up, we were open for a week. After reflection, we believed that we could be more conservative with donor money while still getting our work done in a quality manner. We’ve decided to proceed one day per month (the 1st Saturday) from 9am-9pm. We will be offering the same services, but by concentrating our efforts we can offer a better experience for our clients while saving money.
Last time we did the pop-up, our allocation per client was $115.38 to help them.
This time, we did much, much better from a fiscal perspective.
We had 13 clients in, and allocated $300.00 for the day. This means that we were able to get an industry girl (their terminology, not ours) on a new economic path with a resume, cover letter, 2 professional outfits, hair & makeup tips, and mock-interviews for $23.07.
You read that right, $23.07
Now here’s where you come in. Because we honestly need your help. Not hashtag activism, or “likes” but your help. Our model is valid, its repeatable & it’s fiscally responsible. We want to grow it.
In the very near future we are looking for the following:
6-8 laptops (mix of PC & MAC) this way we can set up a station for our clients to apply for jobs right then & there. Currently, our technology is occupied by our volunteers writing resumes & cover letters. It’s all about empowerment, help us get tech to help serve our clients.
Socially responsible makeup gift bags: we have rules that we abide by in purchasing, one of which is we can not use products made by child or forced labor. This makes buying makeup difficult. We need someone to act as a liaison with an ethical makeup company to help us get makeup & samples for the women to take as gifts.
Professional & seasonal clothing: Our clients require various sizes of professional clothes. I’m not talking “cleaning out grandmas closet” I’m talking the items that they would wear on job interviews.
Data: Cell companies… we need data pucks & data. Anybody work in a cell store that can help us out?
Financial Sponsorship: We can run a pop-up for $300.00, we could do it even better for $500.00. How many churches, synagogues, social groups, yoga studios etc. are looking for charities. Sponsor a month with us!
Food: Our clients can EAT. And they really, really love pizza & wings. Are there any pizza places out there who want to sponsor our work?
So that’s it for right now. I’m so amazed, humbled & honored to have a team of volunteers who give of themselves to help others. I am amazed at the demand from our clients to get on a new path.
The freedom center is coming to fruition. Right now it’s once a month in a broke-down hotel. Someday soon, a more permanent location.