Opportunity Village and Employee Monica Harrison Honored with National SourceAmerica Achievement Awards May 08, 2017 00:00
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May 8, 2017
Opportunity Village and Employee Monica Harrison Honored with National
SourceAmerica Achievement Awards
LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday, May 3, Opportunity Village hosted a viewing party for SourceAmerica’s Achievement Awards Banquet that took place in New Orleans, in which Opportunity Village and an employee from the organization, Monica Harrison, were recognized. SourceAmerica is a national nonprofit that creates employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities through a national network of more than 1,200 nonprofit agencies. Each year, SourceAmerica celebrates the achievements of people with disabilities and its community partners at an awards banquet that takes place during SourceAmerica’s National Training and Achievement Conference.
Opportunity Village was honored with the AbilityOne Network Award for Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy, which recognizes a nonprofit agency’s effective, creative approach for engaging and educating public policymakers on a local, state or federal level about the AbilityOne Program. The Federal AbilityOne Program provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and SourceAmerica was founded in 1974 to facilitate the program by linking Federal procurement customers with nonprofits that supply products and services. Opportunity Village works with SourceAmerica to acquire, manage, and execute service contracts for the Federal Government.
Harrison was presented with the Tom Miller Advocacy Award, which recognizes an employee with a significant disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and remarkable passion for self-advocacy on a local and/or national level. In addition to a crystal award, Harrison received a check for $1,000 and was showcased in a video highlighting her accomplishments at the awards banquet.
Photo 1: On Wednesday, May 3, Opportunity Village’s President and CEO, Bob Brown, accepted the AbilityOne Network Award for Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy on behalf of Opportunity Village at SourceAmerica’s Achievement Awards Banquet in New Orleans.
*Photo courtesy of SourceAmerica
Photo 2: On Wednesday, May 3, a video aired highlighting Monica Harrison’s achievements as an employee at Opportunity Village at SourceAmerica’s Achievement Awards Banquet in New Orleans.
Photo 3: On Wednesday, May 3, Opportunity Village hosted a viewing party for SourceAmerica’s Achievement Awards Banquet that took place in New Orleans.
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of their families.
Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.
Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016. They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.
Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $37.4 million annually.
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