The types of program that may be offered by Women in Bloom include (but are not limited to) the following:
● Training and counseling services
● Bilingual and translation assistance
● Coordination with interview coaches to prepare applicants for interviews
● Pre- and post-placement follow-up services for employers and employees
● Workshops to teach skills such as resume writing or how to start a small business
● Assistance in the completion of government and private-sector employment forms
● Training of applicants to develop successful interviewing strategies
● Training in writing successful business communications
● Assistance in projecting an appropriate workplace image
● Dressing for Success clothing drives
Upcoming & Past Events...
Women in Bloom 4th Annual Holiday Expo
November 15, 2018 | 4:00-7:30 | Location TBD
Grab your friends for fun night out to shop, support a great cause, mix & mingle, as well as gather some great tips on decorating for the holidays, pairing food, and staying organized in mind, body, and spirit this holiday season. Our biggest fundraiser to include a silent auction and wine pull. Admission is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Food, wine, & beer will be available for purchase.
Jesse Meredith Memorial Run 5K
Held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Jesse Meredith Memorial Run 5K Soldier Shuffle was a race to commemorate our veterans, as well as Jesse Meredith, who was a member of the Indiana National Guard. Jesse's wife is a member of the Women in Bloom board. The event was held at the Sunset Hill Farm and County Park on, April 29, 2018. The day launched with a kiddie run followed by the 5K at 9:30 - more details are below. The day was filled with family events to include a bouncy house, motorized run on a run, beer tent and BBQ, archery range, and other fun family activities. This was the first event of its kind in the region and was a great collaboration between four NFPs serving veterans: 1) Women in Bloom; 2) Patriots Training Service Dogs; 3) USA Cares; and 4) Bomber Girls, LRC. This event grossed over $13,000 for our first year providing each organization a net of approximately $2000. Mark your calendars for April 28, 2019!
Women in Bloom 4th Annual Holiday Expo
November 16, 2017 | 4:00-7:30 | Porter County Expo
We held our 3rd annual expo at POCO Expo Building, which included over 75 vendors. The Great Lakes Harmony Region 17-Sweets Adelines provided the entertainment and it was catered by B and J catering, Jill Riggs. The night was a huge success with over 200 people attending, $2500 in scholarships given to Indiana Wesleyan students, and we netted over $6,000. Thank you to our attendee, volunteers, and vendors. Also, special thanks to McCready Law-Platinum Sponsor, StoryPoint-Gold Sponsor, Mossberg & Company-Silver Sponsor, Indiana Wesleyan Merrillville-Silver Sponsor, and Stradella Reeds-Bronze Sponsor.
Hour of Coding
October 29, 2017 | 4:00-6:00 | Valparaiso Univesity
Women in Bloom hosted for Code.org an hour of coding in partnership with Valparaiso University for our young female careerists (14-22). The event was free. This event involved professionals on site to talk about this field, as well as some fun exercises. Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.
Crossroads Chamber Reality Store
Held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 7:30 – 2:30 PM
WIB's Founder (Angela Crossin) and President (Lesley Herod) assisted in various opportunties with junior high students at this event.. The purpose of the Reality Store is to teach students about the impact of the decisions they are making right now and how those decisions will affect the rest of their lives. Students are provided with an occupation and a budget and different scenarios, i.e., college vs. no college, married, kids, pets, etc., and they visit the many booths, which include banks for mortgages, car loans, utilities, insurance, child care, clothing, food, veterinarian, gym memberships, entertainment, etc. They get a feel for life in the “real world.” Women in Bloom sponsored and participated -- we would love for additional volunteers to join us in 2018!