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AtWork! Honors Drugstore.com At Annual Breakfast

AtWork! is pleased to announce Drugstore.com as the 2011 recipient of its Supporter of the Year Award, given annually at the organization’s celebration breakfast. Each year AtWork! creates an opportunity for the community to come together to show its support for the outstanding people with disabilities who show courage and determination everyday as they pursue their own personal path to employment.

This year’s event was held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Bellevue, on April 13. John Curley, charity auctioneer and media personality, was the emcee, and Margaret Padilla, a valued and contributing employee of Drugstore.com, talked about her employment experience. She has held her job for more than a year.

Jim Cunningham, from Drugstore.com, got to thinking about how his company was proactive in hiring people with disabilities at its eastern distribution center and had the idea of finding similar opportunities at company headquarters in Bellevue. He gave AtWork! a call, and AtWork! Employment Consultants spent some time with Jim and Brooke Newman, conducting a job tour to identify what jobs were needed within the company that simply were not getting done. Several ideas emerged, including cleaning up three break rooms. Jim accepted the Supporter of the Year award on behalf of Drugstore.com.

Over 350 were in attendance and they not only heard the story of Drugstore.com and Margaret’s success, but also were introduced to Pat Logsdon, who works at the Pinehurst Safeway store cleaning out the meat department at night. Pat worked for 20 years in AtWork!’s landscaping division, developing valuable skills that he is putting to use at Safeway. His ambition is to move from the back to the front of the store, where he’ll have a chance for more contact with customers, and perhaps serve as a Courtesy Clerk.

AtWork! is proud to honor Dunn Lumber as our Supporter of the Year

Dunn Lumber views its employees as if they are an extended part of its family and treats them as such. Mike Dunn, Company President, said, “We got into this with one or two individuals and just saw it grow. It matched our company and family values, and employing people with disabilities just became an extension of that commitment to community.”

Today, Dunn Lumber has a person with disabilities working in eight out of their twelve store locations and have an ambition to have at least one person with a disability in every store.

Watch this engaging video to learn how having a job and feeling valued has profoundly impacted the life of one person with a disability and his family.

Great Hires Video

The “Great Hires” video showcases the benefit of hiring individuals with significant disabilities. This employer-to-employer video introduces viewers to local employers who have opened their doors to this valuable and often overlooked labor pool. Those featured include respected King County business leaders Howard Schultz, Chair of Starbucks, Pat Hagen, COO of Children’s Hospital, Bret Stewart, President of CenterTwist, Inc., and King County Executive Ron Sims. These leaders, along with three featured employees, show why it makes good business sense to hire individuals with significant disabilities.

“Great Hires” was created by King County Developmental Disabilities Division in partnership with the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, a Washington state non-profit that specializes in training and technical assistance supporting people with developmental disabilities in community jobs, and Don Porter of King 5 News.

Click here to contact AtWork! about hiring a person with disabilities.



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