🎉🏆 Exciting News! 🏆🎉 We are thrilled to announce that the winners of the Napoleon Dynamite costume contest are none other than our amazing Burlington staff! 🌟👏 #COF #Comeworkwithus
🌟 In celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we proudly spotlight Tommy, a dedicated individual whose commitment to his work and community shines brightly. Tommy's employment history is marked by his contributions to various local establishments. He helped with flower arrangements at Abby's Attic until its closure, provided janitorial services at Everything's Fabulous, and has been an essential part of Hoover's Thrifway, assisting with various tasks and keeping the store in top shape. Additionally, since 1999, he has been an integral part of COF Training Services, where he takes pride in his janitorial duties, especially in cleaning the bathrooms and catching up with staff and friends. Tommy faced closures in some of his past jobs, but his positivity and determination prevailed in his current roles. His love for his community, Burlington, and the joy of interacting with familiar faces make his job special. Tommy's work not only brings him immense happiness but also contributes significantly to the cleanliness and hygiene of his workplace, ensuring a safe environment for everyone. He cherishes the opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues at Hoover's and COF. If given a choice, Tommy dreams of working at the Burlington Library, contributing as a janitorial staff member by organizing returned books and putting them back on shelves. His desire to continue working and making a difference in his community showcases his passion and dedication. Tommy's story serves as an inspiration, reminding us of the importance of inclusive workplaces and the positive impact individuals like him bring to our communities. Here's to Tommy, a true champion of inclusion and a beacon of positivity during Disability Employment Awareness Month! 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #CommunityImpact #COF🌍💼😊
🌟 In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we proudly spotlight Margaret, whose journey exemplifies the resilience and adaptability of individuals in the workforce. Margaret's story is a testament to her determination and the supportive community that enabled her to flourish in her career. Margaret's path began with the invaluable support of IDD waiver services from COF, where she honed essential employment skills through their pre-vocational program. With time, Margaret moved away but found her way back to Ottawa, Kansas, seamlessly reintegrating into her home community. During her job search, she embraced piece rate contracts, reveling in the work's joyous atmosphere. Her compassionate nature led her to become a DSP assistant, supporting individuals receiving IDD services. While she loved her role, transportation challenges led her to Thriftopia, where she found fulfillment. Margaret adores her job, cherishing the camaraderie with her team, the flexibility of her hours, and the profound impact she makes in her role. Her contentment highlights the significance of finding a supportive work environment, emphasizing the positive changes inclusive workplaces can bring to individuals' lives. Margaret's story reminds us of the importance of accessible opportunities and the impact of a welcoming workplace culture. Let's celebrate Margaret's achievements and advocate for environments where every individual can thrive, finding fulfillment, camaraderie, and purpose in their work. Here's to Margaret, a true inspiration and a beacon of success! 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #JobFulfillment #COF🌍💼😊
🌟 In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we spotlight Michael, a dedicated individual whose passion for cars and hard work exemplifies the spirit of determination. Michael's employment journey started at Sonic, although challenges arose due to transportation issues during COVID and conflicting schedules with sports commitments. Michael finds genuine joy in his current job, driven by his love for cars. Working in the vehicle cleaning role, he takes pride in his responsibilities. As he learns the intricacies of cleaning all aspects of vehicles, from washing the body to meticulously cleaning the interior, Michael is being trained to eventually take the lead. His work not only brings him happiness but also allows him to earn a living, which he values greatly. Through his job, Michael is not just earning money but also gaining valuable skills and confidence. As he continues his training, he dreams of taking a leadership role, showcasing his dedication to his work. His dream job would be to coach for Burlington Wildcats, which reflects his aspirations and highlights his commitment to community and teamwork. Michael's story reminds us of the importance of finding meaningful work that aligns with one's interests and passions. His dedication to his job and his dream of coaching are inspiring, showcasing the potential within every individual, regardless of the challenges they might face. Here's to Michael, a true embodiment of determination and passion during Disability Employment Awareness Month! 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #PassionInWork 🌍💼😊
🌟 In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the inspiring journey of Amy, a shining example of determination and growth in the workplace. Amy's story highlights the significance of supportive environments and the transformative power of finding the right job fit. Amy's employment journey began with building pre-vocational skills through piece-rate contracting. With dedicated support, she embraced the tasks and flourished in her role. Recently, she transitioned to a position at Thriftopia, where she is adjusting to a faster-paced environment. Despite the challenges, Amy appreciates the opportunity for growth and the chance to enhance her skills. What sets Amy's story apart is her contentment in her current position. She recognizes the value of focusing on skill-building at Thriftopia before considering other job opportunities. Her dedication and positive attitude underscore the importance of fostering a sense of fulfillment and stability in the workplace. Amy's journey is a reminder that finding the right fit and building skills at one's own pace are key factors in ensuring long-term job satisfaction. Amy's story inspires us to create inclusive workspaces where individuals like her can thrive, learn, and grow. Let's celebrate Amy's achievements and continue advocating for supportive environments that enable every person, regardless of their abilities, to find happiness and fulfillment in their employment journey. 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #JobSatisfaction #COF🌍💼😊
🌟 In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we shine a spotlight on Joey, whose journey exemplifies dedication, resilience, and passion in the workplace. Joey's work history includes roles at Sonic, assisting with vehicle maintenance, data entry, and various piece-rate jobs. Sadly, limitations on hours at Sonic and changes in processes due to COVID impacted his previous positions. Joey's enthusiasm for his current job shines through in his work. Working with vehicles brings him immense joy and fulfillment. He finds happiness in his work, cherishing the opportunity to see his friends and make a meaningful contribution. In his current role, Joey takes pride in cleaning all vehicles meticulously. He ensures the vehicles' cleanliness and trains others, showcasing his leadership and expertise. His responsibilities involve comprehensive tasks such as washing the body, vacuuming, cleaning windows, dashboards, cup holders, and taking inventory. Joey's dream job revolves around his passion for working with vehicles, reflecting his dedication and love for his work. His story emphasizes the significance of finding a job that brings not only financial stability but also personal fulfillment. Joey's journey inspires us to create inclusive workplaces where individuals like him can thrive and contribute meaningfully. Here's to Joey, a true advocate for inclusivity and a shining example of the spirit of Disability Employment Awareness Month! 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #PassionInWork #COF🌍💼😊
🌟 In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we proudly spotlight Joanne, whose diverse work experiences and unwavering determination exemplify the resilience of individuals in the workforce. Joanne's journey has seen her in a multitude of roles, from making pizzas at Casey's and Pizza Hut to crafting cabinets at American Cabinets, showcasing her versatility and dedication. Despite facing challenges in past jobs due to conflicts of interest, lack of hours, or closures, Joanne has found her calling in her current positions at Janitorial and Thriftopia. Embracing the ever-changing nature of these roles, she feels engaged and fulfilled every day. The sense of purpose she derives from her work is palpable, making her feel good about what she does. Through her job, she not only affords what she desires, such as new clothes and activities but also manages her bills effectively, providing her with financial independence. Joanne's wish for more people to have the opportunity to work in various jobs speaks to her belief in the empowering potential of diverse employment options. Her dream job as a PSA worker, helping others become independent, reflects her compassion and dedication to making a difference in people's lives. With no desire to return to her old jobs, Joanne has found profound purpose and contentment in her current work, demonstrating the transformative impact of finding the right fit in the workplace. Here's to Joanne, an inspiring advocate for inclusivity and a true embodiment of the spirit of Disability Employment Awareness Month! 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #Inspiration 🌍💼😊
🌟 During Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the incredible journey of Samantha, whose resilience and determination have led her to a place where she not only excels but also advocates for the rights of her peers. Samantha's story is a testament to the transformative power of inclusive employment opportunities. Samantha's employment journey began with Project Search, which paved the way for her to join a hotel's cleaning crew, where she dedicated six years to her role. Unfortunately, the pandemic brought challenges, leading to a layoff. Undeterred, Samantha navigated the difficulties, exploring piece-rate work while actively seeking new opportunities. Her determination paid off when she found her fit at Thriftopia, a community job that she adores. What sets Samantha apart is not just her dedication to her work but also her advocacy efforts. She has taken her passion to the State Capitol, advocating for disability employment rights and ensuring her peers have the chance to experience the acceptance and belonging she found in her workplace. Samantha's story is a beacon of hope, emphasizing the importance of workplaces that foster a sense of home and acceptance. While she loves her current job, her dreams extend to working with animals in the future, showcasing her endless determination and aspirations. Samantha's journey reminds us that every individual deserves the opportunity to thrive in an inclusive, supportive work environment. Let's celebrate Samantha's achievements and continue our collective efforts to create workplaces where everyone, regardless of their abilities, feels valued and accepted. 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #AdvocacyMatters #ChampionInclusion #COF🌍💼😊
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🌟 In celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we highlight the incredible journey of George, who has dedicated 11 years to the Ottawa Herald, where he found a sense of purpose and fulfillment. George's story exemplifies the power of finding the right fit in the workplace, creating an environment where he can thrive. George's role at the Ottawa Herald offers him unique advantages. He cherishes the autonomy of working alone, the ability to adjust his routine as needed, and the freedom to essentially be his own boss. Moreover, he appreciates the opportunities for growth, with the chance to expand his responsibilities by adding more routes to his schedule. Although it might not be his ultimate "dream job," George considers it his favorite among all the positions he's held in the past. His journey showcases the importance of recognizing individual strengths and providing opportunities that align with their abilities. George's experience at Ottawa Herald underscores the significance of inclusive workplaces, where individuals with disabilities can find job satisfaction and contribute meaningfully to their communities. Here's to George and others like him, reminding us that with the right environment and understanding, everyone can find their place in the workforce. 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #COF🌍💼😊
🌟 In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we proudly spotlight Josh, a remarkable individual whose journey reflects resilience, adaptability, and a profound sense of purpose in the workforce. Throughout his career, Josh has navigated various roles, from Charloma's sticker and paper office tasks to janitorial duties and answering phones in the front office. While some jobs didn't work out due to challenges like cut hours and closures, Josh persevered and continues to contribute by answering phones as needed. Despite these hurdles, Josh finds immense fulfillment in his current position. The camaraderie with his coworkers and the opportunity to engage in activities make his job special. Answering phones, in particular, fills him with a sense of importance and belonging. Through his work, he not only builds friendships but also enjoys the flexibility to participate in activities and manage his finances. Josh's aspirations go beyond his own experiences; he dreams of a world where more people selflessly help others. His ideal workplace is a long-term care facility, where he could contribute through tasks like cleaning, cooking, and assisting with various activities. Additionally, his passion for math fuels his desire to become a cashier, showcasing his determination to learn and grow. For Josh, work isn't just a means of earning a living; it's a source of purpose and empowerment. He embraces the uncertainties of the future, valuing each opportunity to make a difference. His story reminds us of the importance of inclusive workplaces and the immense contributions individuals like Josh bring to our communities. Here's to Josh, an inspiring inclusivity advocate and embodiment of the spirit of Disability Employment Awareness Month! 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveWorkplaces #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #Inspiration #COF🌍💼😊
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🌟 Friend of the Month Spotlight: Midwest Cabinets! 🌟 In the spirit of gratitude, we are thrilled to announce Midwest Cabinets as our Friend of the Month for October! 🎉✨ For years, Midwest Cabinets has stood as a beacon of support for us and our individuals. Their unwavering commitment as an employment partner has empowered our community members, fostering growth, learning, and independence. 🌱💼 But their impact doesn’t stop there! Midwest Cabinets has also been an incredible friend to COF, extending kindness and support that goes beyond the workplace. Their dedication to our cause speaks volumes, and we are truly grateful for their enduring friendship. 🤝❤️ Thank you, Midwest Cabinets, for being a shining example of compassion and collaboration. Here's to many more years of partnership and friendship! 🎊🙌 #FriendOfTheMonth #Gratitude #CommunityPartners #MidwestCabinets #COFCommunity #TogetherWeAchieveMore #COF #FriendsofCOF🌟
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🍫🎉 Happy National Chocolate Day! 🎉🍫 Chocolate is not just a treat for the taste buds but also can lift spirits and spread happiness. Enjoy your chocolate-filled day with friends, laughter, and, of course, plenty of chocolatey delights!🥳🍫✨ #COF #fundayatwork #makesomeonesmile
🌟 In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the inspiring journey of Mercedes Olivas, a testament to determination and adaptability in the workplace. Mercedes embarked on her employment path through contract work, gradually honing her skills and gaining confidence. When she ventured into community employment at Thriftopia, she enjoyed the social aspects but found the bustling environment challenging to keep up with. Undeterred, Mercedes transitioned back to contract work, where she found her comfort zone and excelled in her role. Mercedes not only enjoys her work but has also found a sense of belonging and accomplishment in her job. She appreciates the stability and skill development her employment provides, enabling her to take significant steps in her personal life. Mercedes shared her excitement about moving into her own apartment, a milestone made possible through her hard work. Moreover, she looks forward to the future, expressing interest in exploring opportunities like working at Walmart. Mercedes' story is a testament to the transformative power of employment, providing not just income but also fostering independence and self-confidence. Her determination to overcome challenges and her eagerness to embrace new opportunities remind us of the importance of creating inclusive workplaces where individuals like Mercedes can thrive. 🌟💪 #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusionMatters #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion #DreamsIntoReality #COF🌍💼😊
🍇🍓🌟 Today's adventure? Crafting our own fruity delights! 🌈👩🍳 We're having a blast making homemade fruit roll-ups with real, juicy fruits! 🎉 Who knew snack time could be this much fun and healthy, too? #funatwork #COF
🌟 During Disability Employment Awareness Month, we shine a spotlight on individuals like Stephanie, whose inspiring journey exemplifies resilience and determination in the face of challenges. Stephanie's extensive employment history reflects her unwavering commitment to finding fulfilling work opportunities. Stephanie's dedication led her through various roles, including almost a decade at Wendy's, where she meticulously maintained the dining area. Despite being laid off due to work availability, Stephanie continued her quest for job satisfaction, briefly working at McDonald’s and later at Walmart. However, it was her decision to transition to a piece-rate contract that truly empowered her. In this role, she found the flexibility and accommodations she needed, enabling her to excel. Stephanie not only appreciates the financial rewards that come with mastering tasks but also finds immense satisfaction in her work, often surpassing minimum wage. Her story is a testament to the impact of inclusive and adaptable employment opportunities, reminding us of the importance of providing support and understanding to individuals as they navigate the workforce. 💪✨ #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth #InclusiveOpportunities #EmpowerAbility #ChampionInclusion 🌍💼😊
🏆🌟 Boss of the Toss at the Special Olympics Cornhole Tournament! 🌟🏆 Our team gave it our all, and we are thrilled to announce that we clinched not one but three 3rd-place finishes, showcasing our determination and passion for the game. But that's not all – we also managed to secure a 1st place victory that we'll be celebrating for a long time! The sense of achievement and the smiles on everyone's faces were priceless, reminding us once again of the power of sports to bring people together and create unforgettable memories. Thanks to everyone who cheered us on and supported the Special Olympics Cornhole Tournament. Let's continue to spread the love and inclusivity that events like these embody. Here's to more victories and cherished moments in the future! 🎉🤝🌟 #SpecialOlympics #BossOfTheToss #InclusivityInSports #ChampionsTogether #COF