Together We Bake’s mission is to provide a comprehensive workforce training and personal development program for underserved and underrepresented women. They help women gain self-confidence, transferable workforce skills, and invaluable hands-on experience, which will allow them to find sustainable employment and move toward self-sufficiency.
The innovative program revolves around a social enterprise: a small baking business in Old Town Alexandria, in the Washington, DC area. Team members master skills in commercial food production, food safety (ServSafe), and business administration, along with soft skill development through personal empowerment and life skills groups. TWB also provides post-program support to alumni Team Members, providing connections to community resources, job leads, and psychosocial support.
With UNFCU Foundation’s grant, TWB will recruit and train 40 women, and provide post-program support to 100 alumni Team Members. TWB will also continue to focus on deepening its program reach by creating livable wage positions for alumni Team Members, strengthening their employer partnerships, and increasing the production team at TWB.