Todd “SnapShot” Jones Captures Success Stories for Dress for Success

Pro Hero “SnapShot Jones” (better known to the community as just Todd Jones) is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with CAPTRUST who also runs a photography and video production company called KeepingUp Productions. Jones especially loves giving his skills back to the community, and has done several shoots for charities and nonprofits in the past. Jones was particularly interested in Dress for Success “because of their passion for giving a “hand up” to those in-need who are seeking employment and striving for more.” About Dress for Success Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success sees these women through the career process from start to finish – from the time they acquire their first business suit, to one-on-one coaching for how to write a resume and go through an interview, to job placement, and finally to monthly mentoring on job retention once a candidate receives a position. Dress for Success recently celebrated five years as an organization, and in that time has served 5,000 women, with the anticipation to serve 1,750 more in the year to come. Capturing True Success Stories Due to a wonderful experience Dress for Success had through Pro Heroes last year, this year the organization sought photography of their clients and programs to use to promote and raise awareness for their work. Enter Pro Hero Todd “SnapShot” Jones. Describing Jones, Megan Risley of Dress for Success said: We were paired with an AMAZING volunteer, Todd, who...

Dress for Success: More Than A New Outfit, A New Outlook On Life

Numbers mean nothing until they are ascribed meaning and placed into the context of something larger. Take the following, for example: 18 – the average dress size for the women that Dress for Success Triangle serves 5,500 – the number of women, to date, who have received clothing, career coaching, and found employment because of Dress for Success Triangle 100 – the percent of the proceeds from the Dress for Success Excess Sale that go directly back into the Dress for Success program 99 – the percent of the organization’s manpower made up of volunteers, whom Dress for Success depends on in order to sustain its services to the low-income women it aims to assist These numbers serve to reinforce the mission statement of Triangle nonprofit, Dress for Success, whose mission is: …to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. One of the ways that Dress for Success Triangle works towards its mission is by hosting an Excess Sale at its storefront, located inside of the Northgate Mall in Durham, NC. Dress for Success Excess Sale This January and February, Activate Good volunteers are venturing out to Dress for Success’s Durham location to help prepare for the upcoming Excess Sale. The Dress for Success Excess Sale serves several purposes. It sells its excess clothing to the public at a discounted rate, allowing for great deals on gently used, sometimes new, dress clothing. The Excess Sale also serves the women that it helps because all proceeds from the sale go right back...
Pro Heroes Month 2013: The results are in

Pro Heroes Month 2013: The results are in

Our pilot pro bono volunteer initiative, Pro Heroes Month, has come to an end – and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results: The professional skills these passionate volunteers gave throughout the month of April will have an impact on the causes they worked with for years to come. A few of the projects are still wrapping up, but we’ll be sure to show off more of these volunteers’ great work as it comes in, from a new website for Zach’s Toy Chest, to a video promoting Raleigh City Farm, to a photography campaign to share the great story of Dress for Success. There are so many ways individuals, groups, and companies can give their time to worthy causes, whether it’s mentoring kids in school, rallying your friends and building houses for neighbors in need, harvesting food in a community garden to fight hunger, or giving your professional skills to boost a nonprofit’s capacity to combat these community issues. We join the causes that benefited from this year’s Pro Heroes Month in thanking those who give their time and talent to make an impact!...
“Captor of Images” (Janelle Vadnais) Helps Others Seize Success

“Captor of Images” (Janelle Vadnais) Helps Others Seize Success

  Photographer, writer, and do-gooder Janelle Vadnais has unveiled a not-so-secret identity as the “Captor of Images” and is using her talents to help the heroic women of Dress for Success Triangle NC. Vadnais is a Brooklyn-born, Long-Island-bred transplant to Raleigh whose athletic prowess and Google-fu are legendary, but it’s her ability to wield a camera (on display at http://janellevadnais.tumblr.com/) that will be called into service this month. She has joined forces with Dress for Success Triangle NC, which assists low-income women in their quest for economic independence by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career-development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Vadnais will be photographing these wonder women as they suit up and head out into their new roles, providing compelling images that will assist Dress for Success Triangle NC as it promotes its services throughout the Triangle. Director of Programs and Operations Megan Risley commented, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Janelle. With Janelle’s expertise, we’ll be able to share the stories of the many inspirational women we work with to inspire other women and men in the community to support Dress for Success.” Vadnais herself humbly noted, “When I can, I try to make a difference in the lives of others. Every little bit counts, right?” Right, Captor of Images! And thanks for being a Pro Hero who does more than just a little to serve her community. [hr color=”light-gray” width=”1″ ] This volunteer spotlight is part of Activate Good‘s Pro Heroes Month, a month-long initiative to complete pro bono volunteer projects benefiting chosen nonprofit partners and to...