Women's Initiative for Self Employment

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Basic Information

Address: 1398 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110 519 17th St., Ste. 110 Oakland, CA 94612 7250 Redwood Blvd. Ste. 207 Novato, CA 94945 1401 Parkmoor Avenue Suite #208 San Jose, CA 95126 1465 Enea Circle, Ste.900 Concord, CA 94520
Phone Number: 510-287-3113
Fax Number: (510) 451-3428
Director: Katie Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Women, entrepreneurs, small business development, economic improvement, economic development, community development
Clearances Required: No
Background Check: No
Population Served: low-income, high-potential women (in English and Spanish)
Ages for Volunteer: senior in high school and older
Hours of Service: flexible
Minimum Hours Required: flexible
Days of Service: Monday-Friday
Mission Statement:

Our mission is to build the entrepreneurial capacity of women to overcome economic and social barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.

Program History:

For more information, please visit our website at www.womensinitiative.org or call 510-287-3113.


We host annual events:
A fundraising Gala in the spring
Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the Fall
A fundraising breakfast in the winter
Connect events (networking events) 5 times per month

Additional Information:

Women's Initiative offers multiple opportunities to get involved:

1.  Microenterprise Fellowship

Offered quarterly, this 10-week fellowship requires a 25+ hour/week commitment and provides fellows the opportunity to build their skills in the nonprofit sector, to receive training about microenterprise, Women's Initiative, and the field we serve, and to work closely with a staff mentor on a project.

To apply, please visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/fellowsapplication

2.  Internships

With monthly start dates, this 15 week internship requires at least 10 hours per week.  Interns provide support in all areas of our organization, allowing staff to increase our capacity to serve women in our regions.

To apply, please visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/internshipap

3.  VISTAs

Under the umbrella of Americorps and The National Corporation for National and Community Service, Women's Initiative is the sponsoring organization for 5 Americorps VISTA positions in Research, Program Development, Human Resources, Finance, and Marketing.

To apply, please visit the Americorps website and serve for Women's Initiative.

4.  Business Connectors

Professionals in the Bay Area serve as business connectors to our clients by attending networking events, offering consultations, and providing seminars and workshops in areas of their expertise.

To apply, please visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/volunteerap

5.  Board Members

Professionals in the Bay Area serve as Board Members to Women's Initiative's Regional and Governing Boards, helping sustain and grow the momentum of our work through fundraising and resource-building.