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Wildwood Community Partners Win Employment Awards

The Capital Region Employment Alliance selected two organizations to receive National Disability Awareness Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) awards based on Wildwood’s recommendations.

Wildwood nominated Price Chopper and CVS in Clifton Park each for a NDEAM award based on their efforts to have inclusive hiring practices and in maintaining an inclusive workforce culture. These two businesses have been exemplary in working with Wildwood Employment Services to place people with disabilities in meaningful and rewarding positions throughout their businesses.

Wildwood Featured on Local and State-wide News

On CBS 6 News, Wildwood’s Director of Communications, Tom Schreck, discussed the importance of direct support professionals and our organization's need for quality applicants with CBS 6 noon anchor, Melissa Lee.  You can see the full news segment at https://cbs6albany.com/news/local/wildwood-highlights-direct-support-professional-appreciation-week.

 

Spectrum News will air a state-wide feature on the success of Wildwood’s Employment Services in partnering with the Smile Lodge dental practice. The Smile Lodge has hired several professionals supported by Wildwood who have had long tenures with the company. Feature reporter, Sara Rivest produced the story for Spectrum News along with a two-part feature on the challenges parents of new Wildwood School graduates face when they leave school. You can see that story at: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/human-interest/2021/06/23/graduates-with-disabilities-adult-uncertainty.

Wildwood Working Hard to Fill Open Positions

You may have noticed the Wildwood name flashed around town lately! In order to attract new employees to the Wildwood family, an advertising campaign was started that included ads on CDTA buses and created a series of lawn signs to advertise openings at various Wildwood locations. Open interview sessions were held on every Wednesday in September and Wildwood also welcomed Michele Hall to the human resources department to help with the recruitment of potential employees.

A huge thank you to all of the families, organizations and friends of Wildwood who generously donated gift cards for DSP Week! They were a great gift that showed the appreciation for our hard working staff!

Every year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as “Giving Tuesday”.  It came about as an answer to the shopping craze of “Black Friday” and to help people focus more on giving to others and less on the superficial part of the holiday season.

 

This year the Wildwood Foundation got involved by starting a new initiative called “Friends of Wildwood,” to honor our community partners and to give thanks to the people and organizations that enrich the lives of the people we support.

 

On Giving Tuesday, the Foundation led a team of twenty Wildwood volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.  The Wildwood volunteers packed over 6,000 pounds of food to be boxed and sent to organizations around the Capital District to feed hungry families.  Wildwood staff, families, Board members and people receiving supports, formed a strong and dedicated team that gave an afternoon to make our community stronger.

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