TJX has long partnered with organizations committed to helping empower women and enrich their lives. We support programs that provide services ranging from help for those fleeing domestic violence, to others that offer education, training, and job placement resources.
For more than 25 years, TJX has supported programs offering resources for victims of domestic violence in the U.S. In 2009, we began a partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline with our first foundation grant and that partnership continues to this day. The Hotline is a free 24/7 helpline that serves as a link to safety for an estimated 573,000 people annually who are affected by domestic violence.
In 2019, TJX Canada launched Find Your Stride, a community initiative with a goal of helping vulnerable women achieve economic independence so that they and their families can thrive in life. As part of the initiative, TJX Canada formed relationships with Dress for Success Canada, WoodGreen’s Homeward Bound program, and the Women in Need Society. These organizations provide support to women and families with basic needs like housing, food, and clothing as well as a variety of services, including work skills development, educational programs, and work placement. In 2020, the pandemic forced these organizations to put much of their in-person support on hold and instead offer virtual programming, including career coaching and online development opportunities. Many of our Associates from across the business hosted online training sessions to help these organizations continue to support their clients, including professional development, mock job interviews, and more. Read more about our partnership with Dress for Success Canada below.
Making a Difference:
Dress for Success
TJX Canada became a partner of Dress for Success Canada as part of our Find Your Stride community initiative. Dress for Success Canada provides professional attire, along with other support, to help women in need thrive in work and in life. Like many organizations across the world, in 2020, Dress for Success was forced to suspend much of its in-person programming due to COVID-19. Dress for Success pivoted and began providing online services to women across Canada, empowering both clients and affiliates to increase their reach and impact within the communities. In the fall of 2020, members of our talent acquisition team hosted the organization’s first virtual workshop where more than 300 women were able to network and receive job-related coaching, such as how to build confidence in interviews.
In April 2020, Gabby found herself unemployed and in need of support and guidance. Feeling isolated and unsure of what to do next, Gabby turned to Dress for Success Ottawa for help. Over the next four months, Gabby participated in several virtual workshops and other support, which helped her gain confidence and land a new job in August.
In September, when Dress for Success Ottawa was able to re-open its suiting program again, Gabby was able to have an appointment to find a week’s worth of clothing for her new job. Having the support from Dress for Success brought hope to Gabby during a tough year and helped provide her with skills to continue to thrive.
"I can’t wait until Monday! I’ve never said that before!"
Gabby, Dress for Success Client