Project Opportunity, which is housed at Children’s Hospital, provides employment opportunities within the entire Vanderbilt community to young adults with developmental disabilities. The goal of Project Opportunity is to fill a business need with qualified individuals with developmental disabilities. Since Project Opportunity began in 2005, 21 individuals with disabilities have been placed into regular full and part time positions at Vanderbilt!
Project Opportunity is funded primarily by grants from State agencies, but it is not enough to cover training supplies, classroom materials or a graduation ceremony for our interns when they complete the program in May. Emily Bruton, the manager of the Children’s Hospital Ben & Jerry’s store, has made it her goal to choose programs within the Hospital to receive the donations from this day. Project Opportunity is excited to have been selected again this year!
This partnership with Ben & Jerry’s is beneficial in many ways. First and obviously, we receive some much-needed supplementary funding that benefits our interns and graduates. In addition, our program provides some of the staffing needs to make Free Cone Day happen, which gives our interns and graduates valuable experience in customer service and gives the hospital community more awareness about our program. It has been a win-win situation for us, at Project Opportunity, and hopefully for Ben & Jerry’s!
Mark your calendars for April 3, 2012! It is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s!
For more information, contact Project Opportunity at (615) 343-7773 or visit their website.
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