FACES of Orange County 2017

No. 25 Putting People to Work

Janie Best of WHW

For over two decades, WHW has provided the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job, serving over 80,000 job seekers at no charge. With programs that include Employment Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Employment Retention Support and Professional Apparel, WHW expertly emphasizes the essential components needed to influence positive hiring decisions. At the helm, Chief Executive Officer Janie Best utilizes her 25+ years of non-profit expertise to oversee organizational fundraising, finances and board development. “Our job seekers come from a wide variety of backgrounds; the face of unemployment is not always what you think, it sometimes hits close to home.” Janie explains. “At WHW, we understand that a good job is more than just a paycheck, it is essential to creating a stable, safe and educated Orange County.” Under Janie’s tenure, WHW has transitioned from nearly 100% government funding to 90% private funding, ensuring that 91 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs. When not leading the charge at WHW, Janie loves performing with the Harborlites, a Sweet Adelines International Chapter Chorus. She hikes with her rescue pup, Lani, is a 25+ year Rotarian and considered by some to be an expert on “The Walking Dead.” She even keeps zombies on her desk! Inspired by those who make a difference in their communities, Janie says, “I’m especially rewarded by the opportunity to meet and interact with so many wonderful volunteers and donors who give their time, talent and treasure to make an enormous difference in the lives of our job seekers and in turn, the community that we all call home.”

1800 East McFadden Avenue, Suite 1A | Santa Ana, CA 92705 | (949) 631.2333 | whw.org

Photograph by Jason Wallis Photography