Workshops, Inc. Names McWane Philanthropic Partner of the Year
October 22, 2015
McWane, Inc. has been a strong supporter of Workshops, Inc. (WI) for many years and is proud to be named their Philanthropic Partner of the Year. WI recruits people with various disabilities, provides them with on-the-job training and then helps them find a job. They partner with local businesses for services such as assembly, packaging, mailing and order fulfillment, which is all done at their facility located in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham.
Running an operation like this can be a challenge because they rely almost completely on the generosity of the community to support the program. This year, WI came up with a new concept, Comedy for a Cause, and McWane was happy to be a title sponsor for the event which drew nearly 300 people and raised $28,000. It featured a nationally-known comedian with disabilities who put on a hilarious show while also challenging the stereotype of what people with disabilities can achieve.
The proceeds from this event will enable them to hire an additional Employment Specialist on the WI staff whose primary responsibility will be placing people with disabilities into community-based employment.