At the YWCA Darien/Norwalk working women's cocktail party March 5, the new YW Network of Working Women was unveiled.

Meeting the needs of working women in lower Fairfield County, YW NOWW provides networking and social and business opportunities for its members.

"We foster a fun and supportive atmosphere for women who work outside of the home," said Rachel Martin, board member and group leader. "Events like these make it easy to meet new people and talk about the kinds of issues we face as working women -- job security, child-care challenges and, of course, the ever-elusive work-life balance."

The NOWW accommodates busy workweek schedules by planning events on weeknights or weekends, including networking, play dates for smaller children and outings for older kids. Additionally, another facet of the program is the membership-based email group, which gives users an easy place to exchange information and get recommendations on information from household repairs to doctors and day care, and even homework advice for their children.

In addition to increasing the frequency of social events, networking opportunities and establishing a formalized mentoring program, the NOWW is working on ways to connect members with those in the community who are looking to go back to work through its YW Job Search Support Program.

The JSS program is designed to support women in all aspects of the job-search process with an individualized approach. Computer classes in Microsoft applications and keyboarding, one-on-one resume-writing assistance, and individual job search strategy and coaching are offered.

For information, visit or call 203-655-2535.

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