Take Your Legislator To Work!
The Philadelphia Employment 1st Steering Committee is excited to announce Take Your Legislator to Work! The concept is simple -- individuals with a disability, who are competitively employed, are encouraged and supported to invite their legislators to visit their work place, meet with them briefly, and experience first-hand the valuable contributions people are making through their work.
The objectives of the program include:
A similar program was held statewide in Wisconsin and was very well received. Participation included 40 employees who welcomed 28 legislators plus the governor to their workplaces. As a result of these visits 20 news articles and live news reports were seen throughout the state further increasing awareness. Often, legislators will provide the press. However, a Press Release template will be developed for your agency to release as well.
Facts and Statistics you may want to know:
For more information, please email Tracy Katz.
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See Our Legislators at Work!
Community Integrated Services was honored to host State Representative, Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) of the 166th District for the Take Your Legislator to Work! initiative. Rep. Vitali had the pleasure of meeting Michael Urtz at the Havertown Health and Fitness Center where he was able to witness Customized Employment, a business within a business, in action! Michael has a "business within a business" at the gym where he partners with the facility's owner, Mark Rodney, to meet the gym's need in providing fresh, clean towels to their members. With the assistance and guidance of Business Developer, Devin Hamilton, Michael invested in a washer and dryer, stationed at the fitness center, to assist with the club's need as their Spa Towel Specialist for two and a half years. According to the owner, it is more cost effective for him to partner with Michael to fill this need as opposed to an outside contractor. Mr. Rodney is pleased with the results and the bottom line of his business. Michael is supported by a Customized Employment Specialist to assist him with the washing, drying and folding of the towels. Patrons of the gym appreciate this service as all fitness facilities do not offer this perk. It is evidenced by Michael's enthusiasm that he enjoys his work and takes pride as a business owner. CIS thanks Rep. Vitali who took time out of his busy schedule to meet Michael, and see first hand the valuable contributions that people with disabilities, in the community he represents, are making through their work. Employment is for everyone!
Please check back to see more stories of legislators visiting the workplaces of individuals with disabilities.