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Opportunity Village and Clark County School District Celebrate 15th Year of their Job Discovery Program August 01, 2017 00:00

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August 1, 2017 

Opportunity Village and Clark County School District Celebrate 15th Year of their Job Discovery Program


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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, in partnership with Clark County School District

(CCSD), held their 15th annual event celebrating the Job Discovery Program on Friday, July 28.

 

The event acknowledged CCSD students that successfully completed the job training

and discovery program, acquiring invaluable vocational training in preparation for future

successful employment.

 

President and CEO of Opportunity Village, Bob Brown, and Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara

Cevagske, were on hand to pass out the Job Discovery Program Celebration certificates.

 

Photo Cutline:  Job Discovery Program honorees celebrate at the 15th annual event, which took place at the Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.

Photo Cutline:  Michael Arroyo, a past Job Discovery Program participant, spoke to the students. Job Discovery Program honorees celebrate at the 15th annual event, which took place at the Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.

 

Photo Cutline:  Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara Cevagske, and Opportunity President and CEO, Bob Brown, awarded Shandel her Job Discovery Program congratulatory certificate. The event took place at the Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.

Photo Cutline:  The Opportunity Village OV Elvi were just some of the evening’s entertainment at the Job Discovery Program celebration. The event took place at the Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.

 

About Opportunity Village

Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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 more than 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 more than $37 million annually.

 

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Media Contact:

James Woodrow

Preferred Public Relations

702.254.5704

james@preferredpublicrelations.com


Opportunity Village and Cox Communications Expand Contract, Cox Foundation Donates $300,000 to Christopher's Crossing Capital Campaign July 20, 2017 00:00

July 20, 2017

 

Cox Provides Greater Opportunity

Contract expansion, $300k grant offer Opportunity Village workers brighter future

LAS VEGAS – July 20, 2017 - Cox Communications is empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to become self-sufficient and is integrating them into the community through a partnership with Opportunity Village (OV). A presentation at Opportunity Village’s North Campus today announced an expanded contract to provide independence to more individuals through wage-paying, vocational jobs. In addition, a $300,000 check from the James M. Cox Foundation was presented to help fund OV’s Christopher’s Crossing Capital Campaign.

The contract expansion with OV will secure vocational training well into the future for the self-titled “Rockin’ Remoters” – a core group of currently 10 workers focused on the rehab of Cox remotes with another 45 workers refurbishing, neatly packaging and sealing equipment power cords and adapters in a 20,000 sf production and training facility.

A $300,000 check from the James M. Cox Foundation will support the PRIDE and Enable programs at OV’s Oakey Campus. The Cox Foundation provides philanthropic support to nonprofits where Cox Enterprises and its divisions (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) operate.  

About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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 $3.9 million in 2014.  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 nearly $35 million annually.

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 12 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

 

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A $300,000 check from the James M. Cox Foundation was presented to Opportunity Village (OV) to support the PRIDE and Enable programs at OV’s Oakey Campus during a ceremony on July 20. From left are Patrick J. Esser, president of Cox Communications; OV client Sam; John Wolfe, senior vice president at Cox; Bob Brown, president and CEO of OV; Michael Bolognini, OV board member and vice president - market leader at Cox; Jeremy Aguero, chair of OV board of directors and principal at Applied Analysis. Seated in front is OV client Talina.   

Cox Communications announced an expansion of an existing local contract with Opportunity Village (OV) to sort, clean, test and package Cox remote control units and wires/cables for its Nevada cable operations. The contract will now include its cable operations in five other states. OV clients performing the work refer to themselves as “Rockin’ Remoters” and were presented with custom “Remoters” t-shirts at the announcement.  From left are John Wolfe, senior vice president at Cox; Bob Brown, president and CEO of OV; Patrick J. Esser, president of Cox Communications; OV client Cathy; OV client Sam; OV client Talina and Michael Bolognini, OV board member and vice president - market leader at Cox.


Opportunity Village Welcomes Keith Hughes as Programs and Services Director July 18, 2017 00:00

 

July 1, 2017

Opportunity Village Welcomes Keith Hughes as Programs and Services Director


Click to Tweet: (http://ctt.ec/92oNX) .@OppVillageLV announces new hire Keith Hughes as Programs & Services Director! #Congrats #nonprofitnews

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, Opportunity Village, announces today the appointment of Keith Hughes, who joins the organization as Director of Programs and Services. In this role, Hughes will oversee the PRIDE, Enable, Community Outreach and Fine and Performing Arts programs, as well as OV’s full-time skilled nursing services, the only such service offered in Southern Nevada, and a case management team that ensures the highest quality of services are delivered. Additionally, Hughes will manage and mentor staff to help develop OV’s next generation of leaders.

Hughes joined the Opportunity Village team at the end of June. Prior to OV, Hughes worked with U.S. Congressman Joe Heck, D.O. (R-NV) as a District Director overseeing constituent assistance programs for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other related issues.

Hughes, a Michigan native, began his professional career in law enforcement shortly after graduating high school. After three and a half years, Hughes left his position as Deputy Sheriff to serve in the United States Marine Corps as an air traffic controller. During tours in Tennessee, North Carolina, California, Japan and Australia, Hughes distinguished himself in many leadership roles at all levels of airport operation, management and international relations. Hughes received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for sustained superior performance, and attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. After receiving an honorable discharge, Hughes worked in the commercial aviation field for several years.

 

Feeling the need to serve others again, Hughes decided to pursue a new career and entered graduate school to study psychology. He provided in-home psychosocial rehabilitation and parent training to troubled youth and their families with Boys Town and later oversaw two- dozen group homes in Southern Nevada that serve nearly 70 intellectually disabled adults. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from National University.

 

About Opportunity Village

Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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 $3.9 million in 2014.  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 nearly $35 million annually.

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Media Contact:

James Woodrow

Preferred Public Relations

702.254.5704

james@preferredpublicrelations.com


Opportunity Village Redesigns Thrift Store by Restructuring Space to Create Fresh New Look July 04, 2017 00:00

July 3, 2017

Opportunity Village Redesigns Thrift Store by Restructuring Space
to Create Fresh New Look


New Departments and Added Features to Enhance Customer Experience


Las Vegas
Opportunity Village announces the redesign of its acclaimed thrift store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd. Now reopened, the restructured space features new departments and showcased display areas that will provide customers with a fresh, enhanced shopping experience. 

Opened in 2012, the current location of the Opportunity Village Thrift Store features over 3,800-square feet of retail space offering clothing and personal care products to furniture, household items, electronics and more. Having served Las Vegas for decades, Opportunity Village’s original store was located on Main Street in the downtown Arts District, and served customers until a devastating fire destroyed the store in 2010. Sue Kurland, who was recently hired as the store’s new general manager, had the vision of recapturing the artsy, eclectic feel that customers loved about the original location.

“The Opportunity Village Thrift Store is not just a thrift store, but also serves as a retail training center for people with intellectual disabilities to learn all aspects of retail,” said Sue Kurland, General Manager. “We decided to update the store to make it more beautiful for the community that supports us by shopping here, and for our clients to feel proud when they come to work every day!”

The newly designed store now features a Kids Corner, an Online Store showcasing items currently featured on Ebay and other online shopping sites, and a Study Room where customers can relax, read a book and engage with staff. The store also features new fashion displays in the front windows, as well as furniture items styled together as a complete set so customers can envision how pieces could look in their home.

Employing nearly 30 proud, hard-working individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Opportunity Village Thrift Store accepts donations from individuals as well as local businesses and organizations, conventions and overstock from designer and name brand retail stores. Merchandise often includes donations from popular annual conventions that shoppers look forward to each year, including World Market and the National Hardware Show. The store also features special sales and promotions, and offers each day of the week throughout the month.

The Opportunity Village Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd., or arranged for free pickup by calling (702) 383-5911. For more information visit https://www.opportunityvillage.org/pages/thrift-store or to reach the store directly, call (702) 383-1082.

 

 

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The Opportunity Village Thrift Store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd., has been restructured with new showcase display areas to provide customers with a fresh, enhanced shopping experience.

 

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The newly redesigned Opportunity Village Thrift Store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd., now features a Study Room where customers can browse, relax and read a book.

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Shoppers at the redesigned Opportunity Village Thrift Store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd., can expect to find new displays showcasing furniture, home décor and other items styled together as a complete set so customers can envision how pieces could look in their home.

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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MEDIA CONTACT:
Gina Yager
Preferred Public Relations
(702) 254-5704

gina@preferredpublicrelations.com

 


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Opportunity Village Clients Showcased Their Talents Onstage at OVation, 7th Annual Spring Performing Arts Concert May 26, 2017 13:43

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                                    May 26, 2017

Opportunity Village Clients Showcased Their Talents Onstage at OVation,

7th Annual Spring Performing Arts Concert

 

Click to tweet: (http://ctt.ec/9x_9y) .@OppVillageLV clients hit the stage last night at Opportunity Village's 7th annual OVation Spring Performing Arts Concert #LasVegas

LAS VEGAS – On Thursday, May 25, Opportunity Village clients performed in front of a packed audience at its 7th Annual Spring Performing Arts Concert, OVation, at the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.

The program, emceed by KTNV Channel 13 morning anchor Beth Fisher, commenced with OV Elvi performing dance routines to “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Viva Las Vegas.” Opportunity Village’s Ukulele and Dance Activities Classes entertained the audience with a routine to “Pearly Shells,” and The Village Blend showcased their vocal talents with two songs, “Sugar Sugar” and “Kokomo.” Opportunity Village clients practiced a collection of music, dance and theatre performances for months leading up to the event, in preparation to showcase their talents to the Las Vegas community at their annual, free concert. Additional evening highlights included a ballroom dance performance, tap dance routine, theatre performance and hip-hop routine to “24k Magic” by Grammy-winning artist, Bruno Mars.

The Fine and Performing Arts Program at Opportunity Village teaches individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities music, dance, theatre and visual arts, and is designed to increase awareness of the arts, support creative expression, and provide mentorship in technique, materials and training.

 

Photo 1: On Thursday, May 25, Opportunity Village’s OV Elvi performed two routines at the annual OVation Concert at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.

 

Photo 2: On Thursday, May 25, Opportunity Village’s Village Blend vocal group performed two routines at the annual OVation Concert at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.

 

Photo 3: On Thursday, May 25, Opportunity Village’s clients performed a ballroom routine at the annual OVation Concert at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.

 

Photo 4: On Thursday, May 25, Opportunity Village’s clients performed a hip-hop routine to24k Magic” by Bruno Mars at the annual OVation Concert at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.

 

Photo 5: On Thursday, May 25, Opportunity Village’s clients Fine and Performing Arts Program performed at the annual OVation Concert at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.


Opportunity Village Holds its Annual Board of Directors Dinner at The Palazzo Las Vegas May 22, 2017 00:00

 

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                                    May 22, 2017

 

Opportunity Village Holds its Annual Board of Directors Dinner at

The Palazzo Las Vegas

 

LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, May 16, Opportunity Village held its annual Board of Directors Dinner, hosted by The Palazzo Las Vegas, The Venetian Las Vegas and Sands Expo. Destinations by Design Las Vegas and Southern Wine and Spirits also donated their services and products.

The evening commenced with a performance from the OV Elvi, the ‘World’s Only All Elvis Dance Troupe.’ Local radio personality Chet Buchanan was the Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the evening, which kicked off with Bill Oakley, Board Chair on Opportunity Village’s Foundation Board of Directors welcoming the guests and recognizing Opportunity Village board members. Jeremy Aguero, Board Chair on Opportunity Village’s ARC Board of Directors, then spoke about the positive financial impact Opportunity Village has on Southern Nevada.

Special guest speakers included Foundation Board Member Lauralyn McCarthy and ARC Board Member Erin Morrissey, who both spoke about their relationship with Opportunity Village and the affect the organization has had on their families. Two Opportunity Village clients were highlighted throughout the program – Dana, a talented artist in Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program and Michael, a student in the Job Discovery Program.

Throughout the evening, funds were raised for the Opportunity Village Scholarship Program through a silent auction where guests could bid on unique pieces of art created by Opportunity Village artists, and through donations. The Opportunity Village Scholarship Program supports individuals who would otherwise not have the opportunities they need to achieve their dreams and become integrated paycheck-earning citizens in the community.

Photo 1: The OV Elvi performed at Opportunity Village’s annual Board of Directors Dinner on Tuesday, May 16 at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

Photo 2: Erin Morrissey stood beside her brother and Opportunity Village client, Sean, at Opportunity Village’s annual Board of Directors Dinner on Tuesday, May 16 at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

Photo 3: Lauralyn McCarthy stood beside Michael, a Job Discovery Program student, at Opportunity Village’s annual Board of Directors Dinner on Tuesday, May 16 at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

 

Photo 4: Local radio personality Chet Buchanan was the Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer at Opportunity Village’s annual Board of Directors Dinner on Tuesday, May 16 at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

  

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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MEDIA CONTACT:
Mallory Hanneke
Preferred Public Relations
702-254-5704
mallory@preferredpublicrelations.com

 


Watch Opportunity Village President and CEO Bob Brown's Acceptance Speech at the 2017 SourceAmerica Awards! May 09, 2017 11:14

Opportunity Village was honored with the prestigious AbilityOne Network Award for Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy on May 3, 2017, which recognizes a nonprofit agency's effective, creative approach for engaging and educating public policymakers on a local, state or federal level about the Federal AbilityOne Program. Watch Opportunity Village President and CEO Bob Brown's fantastic acceptance speech, beginning right around the 00:37 mark! 

Source: http://original.livestream.com/sourceamericaconf/video?clipId=flv_fc0d007b-3e0a-4464-a0d2-8aac6afcebdf&rt=2&ra=270174


Opportunity Village and Employee Monica Harrison Honored with National SourceAmerica Achievement Awards May 08, 2017 00:00

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                                    May 8, 2017

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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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MEDIA CONTACT:
Gina Yager/Mallory Hanneke
Preferred Public Relations
702-254-5704

gina@preferredpublicrelations.com
mallory@preferredpublicrelations.com

 


Combating Unemployment for People with Disabilities: SourceAmerica Recognizes Employees, Advocates May 04, 2017 00:00

They come from different parts of the country, different agencies and different industries, but they all are exemplary representatives of their respective roles within the disability employment community. As such, they were recognized May 3 at the SourceAmerica National Training and Achievement Conference in New Orleans.

SourceAmerica is a 501(c)3 national leader in creating employment opportunities and choices for people with disabilities through a network of nonprofit agencies. The 2017 national award winners were:

Gary Hunter, the AbilityOne Honor Roll for Veterans with Disabilities Award winner, is a customer service technician for Peckham, Inc. in Lansing, Michigan. The U.S. Army veteran with schizoaffective disorder struggled to find a job after his disability was diagnosed. But at Peckham, he’s flourished, supervisors said. He provides outstanding service, mentors other employees and is building a database of information for other customer service agents to access to answer client questions.

William “Scotty” Weatherly won the Evelyne Villines Award for an individual with a significant disability who has advanced to a management role from work on an AbilityOne contract. Weatherly has advanced through the ranks of Goodwill Industries of San Antonio to oversee a team of 70 employees with significant disabilities who manage nearly 60,000 U.S. Army veteran medical and dental records to facilitate Veterans Administration disability claims processing.

Tim Zarzecki won the President’s Award for a non-AbilityOne Program employee with a significant disability who has exhibited outstanding leadership and exceptional character. He works for Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina as a food service worker on a contract with Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Zarzecki, who is missing his left arm from below the elbow and has depression, said he’s forged strong connections with wounded service members he’s in contact with through his work. He’s also president of the organization’s self-advocate program and is working to improve transportation options for people with disabilities to get to their jobs on base.

Joy Diolosa, is known as “Joy to the World” at Powerworks Industries Inc., at Fort Benning, Georgia. Powerworks Industries Inc. is an affiliate of Goodwill Industries of Southern Rivers in Columbus, Georgia. Diolosa won the William M. Usdane Award to recognize an AbilityOne Program employee with a significant disability who has exhibited outstanding achievement and exceptional character. Diolosa, who has physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities, went from rarely speaking when she started her custodian job in 2009 to now being an engaging and positive influence on her co-workers.

Monica Harrison won the Tom Miller Advocacy Award for an employee with a significant disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and a remarkable passion for self-advocacy on a local or national level. Once a person receiving services from Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, she is now an accomplished staff member who provides direct care services to people with disabilities. Rising through the ranks of the largest self-advocacy organization serving people with disabilities in the state of Nevada, she chairs an organization that advocates for issues such as better accessibility at the voting booth.

Jim Cassetta, CEO of Work Inc. in Dorchester, Massachusetts, won the Milton Cohen Leadership Award. Cassetta believes work is the great equalizer and has devoted his career to creating opportunities for people with disabilities to find meaningful work. Cassetta is working with the state government of Massachusetts to establish a requirement that any agency or company contracted with the state has a workforce of 10 percent with a significant disability as defined by the AbilityOne Program. He said because Massachusetts spends an average of $40,000 per year on each member of its population of 394,000 people with disabilities, putting just 100 people to work full time could save the state $4 million per year. The impact of this work is beneficial to both people with disabilities and the communities where they live.

Other awards:
RhinoSystems, Inc., Brooklyn Heights, Ohio – Small Business Partnership Award
Black Hills Corporation, Rapid City, South Dakota – Business Partnership Award
Fairchild Air Force Base 92nd Contracting Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington – Federal Customer Award - Military
U.S. Department of Transportation Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, Sterling, Virginia – Federal Customer Award - Civilian
REHAU North America, Leesburg, Virginia – Nonfederal Customer Award
Bobby Dodd Institute, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia – Performance Excellence in Hiring Veterans with Disabilities
Professional Contract Services, Inc., Austin, Texas – Performance Excellence in Government Contracts
Opportunity Village, Las Vegas – Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy

About SourceAmerica

Established in 1974, SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce of people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica is the vital link between the federal government and private sector organizations that procure the products and services provided by this exceptional workforce via a network of more than 1,200 community-based nonprofits. Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, SourceAmerica provides its nonprofit agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne-authorized enterprise.

Release courtesy of SourceAmerica: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14303845.htm


It's Spring Cleaning Closeout Time at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store April 27, 2017 00:00


On May 25, Join Us for OVation: Through the Decades! April 24, 2017 00:00


Help Opportunity Village Clients Dress to Impress at the April 14 Starlight Ball April 03, 2017 00:00


You'd Be Foolish to Miss OV Thrift Store's April Fool's Day Sale! March 31, 2017 00:00


Spring and Special Edition Mother's Day Cookies Now Available! March 30, 2017 00:00


Family and Friends of OV to Host Pasta In the Park at Sean's Park March 28, 2017 00:00


Convenient Walk-In Shredding Now Available at Our Henderson Campus! March 24, 2017 00:00


Nevada's Big Give Is Thursday, March 23. Will You Support Opportunity Village? March 22, 2017 00:00


WINTER WEAR FAIR: Stock Up and Save This Spring at OV Thrift March 13, 2017 00:00


Get the Luck O' the Shopper On St. Patrick's Day at OV Thrift! March 03, 2017 00:00


St. Patrick's Day Sweets Now Available From the Opportunity Village Cookie Crafters! March 01, 2017 00:00


Opportunity Village Tips Off On Brackets for Good Game Day with a Channel 8 Appearance! February 24, 2017 00:00

Opportunity Village's own Dominic Barley is onscreen again with the folks at Channel 8, starting the morning of the Brackets for Good tourney tipoff with a pep talk that'll get all of Southern Nevada rallying for our home team! We go head-to-head with powerhouse nonprofit World Food Program USA in the first round of the competition, which starts at 6:00 PM TONIGHT and ends next Friday at 5:59 PM.
To view the matchup and donate to Opportunity Village, click here.
Click here or on the image above to view the clip in its entirety.

Opportunity Village Is Chatting Brackets for Good On MORE FOX5! February 23, 2017 00:00

That's our own Dominic Barley with the one and only Monica Jackson of FOX5's MORE show, and he's dishing about Opportunity Village's journey to the Brackets for Good tourney! DON'T FORGET: The competition kicks off at 6 PM TOMORROW!

Click the image or link below to view the full clip.

FOX5 Vegas - KVVU


Happy Valentine's Day! LOVE, Opportunity Village February 14, 2017 00:00

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