Amazon Partners with Melwood to Create Jobs for People of Differing Abilities
February 26, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2020 – Melwood has partnered with Amazon’s Alternative Workforce Supplier Program (AWSP) to provide job opportunities for people with disabilities.
Since 1963, Melwood has offered job placement, training, and support services to people with disabilities while providing companies like Amazon with a reliable workforce solution. Melwood believes every person is capable of working competitively when provided the proper training and support.
“We are proud of Amazon for being a leader in workforce inclusion and thrilled to be partnering with them to connect our high-quality workforce pipeline to Amazon’s evolving career opportunities,” said Cari DeSantis, President & CEO of Melwood. “It’s a win-win for us both and a step in the right direction towards a future where people with disabilities are fully included in society.”
Amazon chose to partner with Melwood because of the nonprofit’s proven capacity to train and support individuals with disabilities. Trained Melwood staff work with people on and off job sites to empower them to succeed in various lines of business, such as Amazon’s Warehouse Associate positions. Melwood’s team matches candidates’ skills and interests to their positions and supports their transition into the workplace through training and coaching. Melwood has utilized its extensive network of other nonprofits and partnered with State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to help make this program a success.
Melwood is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in the country, employing more than 1,600 workers – nearly 1,000 of whom are people with disabilities. Melwood offers job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to more than 2,500 people each year in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Melwood also has an inclusive summer camp program for children and provides employment and support services to veterans and active duty military members who have experienced service-related trauma or injury. For more information, visit www.Melwood.org.
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