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Founder's Fund

Founder's Fund

Sign up now to help the Capital District Women's Employment & Resource Center (WERC) provide quality workforce development services to women from both Albany and Rensselaer counties. Women in transition, who have lost their source of income, rely on WERC for assistance to successfully find or improve their employment and quality of life.

Tribute to Pat WERC students in class

Honoring the memory of Patricia (Pat) Galivan McLean, the original founder and driving force behind the opening of the Albany Displaced Homemaker Program, now the Capital District Women's Employment & Resource Center (WERC), a Founder's Fund has been established. Pat served as its Executive Director for more than 10 years literally changing the lives of thousands of women. Her early experiences launched a lifelong dedication to helping women achieve equity in the workplace.


WERC has established this fund to keep Pat's memory alive and to continue to live the philosophy that Pat had of carrying on her vision for making the world a better place for all women and finding a way to serve more women in need. The women who we help could be your daughter, mother, sister, best friend, or neighbor stepping through our door looking for the guidance they so deserve and need in order to be successful.

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Each year more than 300 women participate and receive more than 2,700 services including goal target career readiness and computer training, job search and placement assistance, and ongoing supportive services. They leave the program with enhanced qualifications, skills, self-confidence and a deep commitment to achieving excellence in their chosen workplace.

Funds are use to assist WERC in growing our program and continuing to serve the hundreds of women in our community who find themselves looking for employment. In these troubling economic times, the need for our service is rising; however the availability of state grants is declining.

All services are provided at no cost to WERC's students:

Thank you for your generous donation to the women of WERC!

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