As local business owners and residents of Fort Worth, we have a vested interest the growth and well-being of our community. Fort Worth is the place we live and work and we want to have positive impact on local schools, organizations, and quality of life.
On an individual level, our members support numerous local charities with their time and finances. As an organization, FOWO is a proud alliance partner with YWCA Fort Worth and Texas Christian University’s Center for Merchandising, Education and Research.
There are many volunteer opportunities available, both within our organization and with our community alliance partners. If interested, check to see how you can get involved.
YWCA Fort Worth
In the fall of 2010, Kay Spruill, FOWO board member and owner of Inside Out Designs, announced establishment of a philanthropic project, a namesake of FOWO – First Offer Women Opportunities. Spruill, along with FOWO founder Lisa McConnell, began a dialog with Carol Klocek, Executive Director of the YWCA, to solidify their first community partner in this effort. (Read the full press release here.)
Part of FOWO’s participation with the YWCA includes helping the resale shop with donations, merchandising, expanding the demographic reach and creating new concepts for resale vignettes within the store.
Also in the works is the development of an internship program to assist in training qualified and interested individuals for reentering the workforce. Spearheading this effort are Kay Spruill and Dr. Sally Fortenberry, Associate Professor and Director of TCU’s Center for Merchandising, Education and Research.
TCU Center for Merchandising, Education and Research
Dr. Sally Fortenberry, FOWO board member and Associate Professor and Director of TCU’s Center for Merchandising, Education and Research, has provided a wonderful bridge from the Fort Worth retail business community to students in her department.
Through an annual Summer internship course, students can expand their education through real-world business experience by working in FOWO member businesses.