2017-06-07 / Top News

Chico’s yearlong partnership to help women continue college

ElevateHer SWFL announces a yearlong partnership with Chico’s FAS Inc. through its Matched Savings for Education program.

As part of this partnership, Chico’s FAS will help provide women the opportunity to continue their college education and pursue their dreams of achieving success in the workplace.

Led by the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida, ElevateHer SWFL helps boost the economic development of Southwest Florida women and girls through strategic partnerships, collaboration and investments in programs that fund education, security, entrepreneurship and advocacy.

“ElevateHer aligns with Chico’s FAS’ values and mission to support women’s empowerment, well-being and education,” says Jessica Wells, vice president of public relations and corporate communication for Chico’s. “We are proud to partner with a program that provides the opportunity for women to achieve their dreams of a college education.”

Chico’s sponsorship will focus on investments in educational attainment for women as a key workforce development strategy, helping to find solutions and raise awareness of a critical gap in equity for women. Fewer than 1 in 5 Southwest Florida women over age 25 have attained a bachelor’s degree.

The Matched Savings program offers hard working women the opportunity to save for education, participate in financial training classes and receive individualized career coaching. Women earn $8 for every $1 they save, turning their required $500 in savings into $4,500 that is paid directly to their college.

For ElevateHer SWFL sponsorship opportunities, contact Brenda Tate at 908- 0301 or brenda@fundwomenfl.org. ¦

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