Honoree: Elizabeth Stevens
Honored by: WHW
Cause Area: Workforce Development & Financial Literacy
Elizabeth Stevens selflessly contributes her time, her talent and her energy to moving the mission of WHW forward and to empowering Orange County’s unemployed and underemployed to get and keep good jobs. Elizabeth first came to know of WHW by participating in a Clothing Drive, enthusiastically gathering professional clothing and accessories for job seekers in need. But once she took a tour of WHW’s facilities and understood the impact that the organization was making, she was all in and has dedicated herself to transforming the lives of WHW job seekers. Elizabeth facilitates a monthly Confidence Building workshop for men and women in transition, most of who are discouraged in their job search and in their lives. Her contagious optimism and energy gives these job seekers a fresh perspective on their journey and often breathes new life into their critical search for employment. WHW receives raving reviews of Elizabeth’s workshops with testimonials about how attendees have been invigorated by her charisma, but mostly by how much she cares. Elizabeth has also been the driving force behind a special networking event called, “Networking in Action,” which brings together job seekers who have gone through WHW’s job search networking program and employers who are looking for candidates to hire. This event has taken many WHW job seekers from the classroom to a real world setting, providing an arena where casual conversation has turned into job offers. Elizabeth has been instrumental in bringing WHW to the forefront of hundreds of prospective donors, corporate volunteers and investors by aligning the organization with the Orange County Register’s Top Workplaces campaign. She has helped with marketing, advertising and promotional opportunities that have enhanced WHW’s brand and credibility, helping to catapult the organization to a new level. WHW would simply not be the same organization without Elizabeth Stevens. To say she represents the spirit of volunteerism does not adequately capture the essence of her contribution. She lightens the burden of our staff, brings smiles to faces of those we serve and has made WHW a better place by being there.