Transform a Life with Work

SOUL OF WORK FUND: Help individuals transform from homelessness and poverty to economic stability.  Give a $10 donation today and help us impact more lives.  #soulmeetswork #soulofwork #thecaraprogram    

This campaign is part of the Soul of Work Project at www.soulofwork.orgClick here  for insider tips from the Soul of Work - where our soul meets work.  
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We all share fears and hopes and dreams … a deep interest to have purpose in our day.  As humans, we are meant to grow and for many, part of that growth comes with the work we do in the world.  Work is our economic security, our ability to care for ourselves and for others.  Yet, some people don’t have a mentor or family member available to support them to find work … some people have had a tough road … some people need a second chance … while others just want a chance.   
I have a deep affection for Chicago, the city.  Its where I started working at 20 years old as an intern and as a forgetful waitress at night.  Its where I held my own hopes and dreams, while I took the El train in to work.  Its where I started working after college, feeling proud of being on my own and independent.  Its where I experienced the glass ceiling, its where I found growth and challenge, its where I felt the pain of unexpected job loss twice, and where I had to get up and try again.  And through that, its where I experienced the gratitude for having family, friends, and mentors, and a husband to support me along my work journey.  
And Chicago is where I found meaning as a volunteer for ‘The Cara Program”, and instantly recognized the impact they were making to transform lives of people in Chicago who wanted a chance. As part of my deep interest to give thanks to my mentors and family, and give back and pay it forward, I am launching this space and campaign to raise awareness and funds specifically for “The Cara Program”.  This is my passion to make a difference, as others have made a difference for me.  100% of funds raised will go to ‘The Cara Program”. 
The Cara Program has been transforming lives for 25 years, and is based in Chicago, Illinois.  The Cara Program has evolved as not only a best-in-class job training and placement provider for individuals affected by homelessness and poverty, but also a vehicle for true life transformation.  
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Your contribution will go toward: 
$30 can give a Cara student public transportation for 1 week
$50 can give a Cara student 1 interview ready suit
$300 can provide 10 employed Cara students with financial coaching
$600 can provide emergency rental assistance to a Cara student in need
$1,200 can provide one week of Cara’s signature “Transformations Training” to an entire cohort of 60 students
$3,000 can cover the cost of a full year of employment retention coaching for a newly employed Cara student to help succeed in their goal of finding real and lasting success
The Soul of Work is a think tank and not for profit learning lab with a focus to help professionals get hired, and feel more energized, engaged and empowered in both work and life.v  The mission & intention of the Soul of Work project is to bring best practices, tools, and practical insights from thought leaders to help professionals get hired, build more sustainable economic fulfillment in both work & life, and do their best work.   As part of our mission, the Soul of Work project is dedicated to donate to organizations who offer training and job placement services to individuals affected by homelessness and poverty.
Kara Smith is the founder of the Soul of Work Fund.  Kara spent time volunteering with the Cara Program while she lived in Chicago and was blown away with the program design, leadership, the students, and the impact on individual lives.  Kara works in the corporate world, and is committed to integrating her passions with her purpose, life, and work.


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Kara Smith 
Cardiff By The Sea, CA
The Cara Program 
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