The New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID), a non-profit organization that creates and sources out job opportunities for 6,800 New Yorkers with disabilities each year, held a day of community service last week in Bushwick and the Bronx, thanking the community organizations that have helped them since the organization’s inception.
The day also marked a form of celebration for the non-profit, which turned 40 in 2015.
NYSID Works! A Community, “Thank You” Event, allowed the organization and its corporate partners to team up with a local non-profit that was in need of a small beautification project.
In Bushwick, NYSID’s partner organizations, the AHRC New York City, an organization that provides services for children with developmental disabilities, and the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center on Stockholm Street.
On Thursday, the two partner groups organized a food collection, packaging, and distribution drive that took place in the hospital’s parking lot. Over the past few weeks AHRC had placed food donation boxes throughout its offices in the five boroughs as well as at the Wyckoff Hospital.
The food was then give out to the neighborhood’s most needy.
During the course of the AHRC and the Wyckoff Center work together to providing a work training program for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. They receive an intensive, and immersive work experience that prepares for competitive jobs.
“For 40 years, NYSID has been able to turn business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities through the Preferred Source Program,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “This day of community appreciation was our way of saying thanks and giving back, by showcasing the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities from our member agencies and corporate partners, and demonstrating how New York State benefits from their inclusion in our workforce.”