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...
PTSD Awareness Month Programs on June 14 & June 21
June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, and we want to raise awareness on this serious condition that affects many war veterans. PTSD is a type of anxiety that occurs in many different ways. It can begin after you experience extreme trauma, some examples are: exposure to combat, being involved in a serious accident, an assault or abuse, a natural disaster, or an act of terrorism.
It’s estimated that at least 20% of the soldiers who have been deployed in the past 6 years have experienced some type of PTSD and many other Vets can be experiencing signs of PTSD from previous deployments. PTSD is the third most common mental condition among veterans who use the VA hospital system.
Join us on June 14 from 9-11 at StoryPoint, Chesterton and June 21 at Community HealthNet Health Center located at 1021 West 5th Avenue, Gary, IN 46402 from 9-11 for an awareness program to assist families and veterans. For more detail, please check out the Facebook Events' page for more detail. Free vendor space is available for the first ten vendors who register. StoryPoint Chesterton is graciously donating a light breakfast and the venue for the June 14 event.
Women in Bloom 4th Annual Holiday Expo
July 11, 2019 | 4:00-7:30 | Location @ Butterfield Pavilion, Valparaiso
Grab your friends for fun night out to shop, support a great cause, mix & mingle, as well as make get ahead of the holiday chaos by purchasing unique gifts by local artisans and businesses. 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. Vendor space is available for $60 (early bird rate). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a vendor space.
Jesse Meredith Memorial 5K Soldier's Shuffle
Women in Bloom partnered with USA Cares on April 28, 2018 (Pines Village Retirement Community Weekend Sponsor) and April 29, 2019 (Urschel Laboratories Platinum Patriotic Sponsor) to host an annual 5K Run-on-Run. The past two years we have held the event at Sunset Hill Farm and Park in Valparaiso, Indiana. Family events included a bouncy house, DJ, face-painting, and post-race BBQ sponsored by the Pines Village Retirement Community. We partnered with the local motorcycle club, Sanctified Souls, for the motorized 50-mile run. A special appearance by the Colts Cheerleaders was a fun addition and tradition we hope to keep. The pre-race pasta dinner was held the Saturday evening before the race at the VFW 2511 in Porter, IN, who graciously sponsored the venue and the meal with all proceeds being donated to the race.
Amanda Bach Forum "Let's Start Talking"
On February 8, 2019, WIB proudly partnered with the Amanda Back Forum to sponsor the 2019 NWI Regionwide "Let’s Start Talking" Youth Leadership Conference. This one day event addressed teen dating violence and prevention. The day included peer-to-peer activities and guest speakers.
Women in Bloom 3rd 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
On, October 29, 2017 and December 4, 2018, Women in Bloom in partnership with Code.org hosted and sponsored, respectively, 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 opportunities 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!