Broadway Utica, Empowered Pathways team up to aid female job seekers

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UTICA — Broadway Utica’s “Beyond The Stage” has teamed up with Empowered Pathways to launch an effort to encourage women to follow their dreams.

“She Works Hard For The Money” is the latest initiative from Broadway Utica’s commitment to give back to the community. With the power of Donna Summer and the guidance of Empowered Pathway’s Women’s Employment & Resource Center, the Broadway Theatre League of Utica is seeking donations of supplies such as notebooks, pens, umbrellas, bus passes, and gas gift cards, between now and the debut performance of Summer, a musical highlighting the life of the disco diva on Tuesday, Nov. 23, in an effort to help women land their desired role in the workforce.

“Empowered Pathways is very grateful to Broadway Utica for honoring the women we serve through this special collaboration,” Empowered Pathway’s Executive Director Stephanie Dulak-Eghigian stated. “Thank you for helping us shine a light on the stories of the women who come to the WERC program seeking training and support. The items collected through this event will greatly enhance our ability to support them on their employment journey.”

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, takes audiences through Summer’s life as a young girl from Boston who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva.

“Empowered Pathways helps serve so many women who, like Donna, are ready to take on the world,” said Danielle Padula, executive director of Broadway Utica. “Through Empowering Pathways, women receive education tools, financial help, and even the proper attire to start their careers. To hear Donna’s message on stage and then take those actions and bring them into our very own community, is something Broadway Utica takes great pride in. Partnerships like this go well beyond the stage, playing a vital role in both the success of our industry and the community we serve. We’re proud to call Empowered Pathways our neighbors in Downtown Utica and friends of the theatre community.”

Empowered Pathway’s Women’s Employment & Resource Center provides women with job readiness services, including specialized training programs, one-on-one personal assistance, resume and cover letter preparation, job search assistance, computer skills training, and access to the Suzanne’s Boutique, a professional clothing closet lined with interview outfits and clothing to help women obtain that new job.

Broadway Utica will provide a $5 coupon to everyone who brings a donation to their main office, 258 Genesee St.

For more information, please contact Broadway Utica at 315-624-9444 or online at www.BroadwayUtica.org.

“Beyond The Stage” is an annual yearlong campaign that works with a chosen non-profit to promote awareness for their organization and ties into the message of the upcoming show presented by Broadway Theatre League of Utica.

Empowered Pathways always welcomes donations that help support and maintain its various programs.

Their wish list includes:

Day planners or spiral notebooks,;

Pens, pencils and highlighters;

Gift cards from Staples (to purchase job search and office supplies);

Gas gift cards (for transportation to/from work or WERC training);

Gift cards from Josie’s Uniforms & Shoes (New Hartford Shopping Center);

Bus passes (for transportation to/from work or WERC training);

Umbrellas (for women who must wait for buses in the rain);

Glasses – Readers of any strength (many need reading glasses but cannot afford them);

Feminine hygiene products;

Shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant;

Webcams (for women who have computers without camera capability- needed for Zoom meetings);

Laundry detergent;

Baby items, including diapers (large sizes), formula and baby wipes;

Tote bags or lunch bags; and

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