LAS VEGAS - On Thursday, March 10, Opportunity Village’s Job Discovery Program was recognized as a Merit Finalist Award Recipient as one of 10 finalists out of organizations nationwide in Mutual of America’s 2015 Community Partnership Award Competition at a luncheon and award presentation at Cili Restaurant in Las Vegas. Also in attendance as supporters of the Job Discovery Program: The Animal Foundation, YMCA, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Goodwill, Clean the World, Heritage Senior Facility, Three Square Food Bank, Sunrise Children’s Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Clark County School District.
Opportunity Village’s JDP (Job Discovery Program) is a partnership between the organization and the Clark County School District that provides students with intellectual disabilities in high school the opportunity to receive vocational training in six different skill sets including commercial and industrial kitchen work, indoor and outdoor maintenance, retail, grounds keeping, and child care. These students between the ages 18-22 years spend six hours a day learning these skills at 14 various sites and rotating every 9 weeks.
On March 10, Opportunity Village’s CEO Emeritus, Ed Guthrie, accepted Mutual of America’s 2015 Community Partnership Award in honor of Opportunity Village’s Job Discovery Program presented by Ted Herman, Vice Chairman of Mutual of America and Thomas Gilliam, President of the Mutual of America Foundation at Cili Restaurant in Las Vegas.
Photo 2: On March 10, Opportunity Village’s President and CEO Bob Brown spoke on behalf of Opportunity Village at Mutual of America’s 2015 Community Partnership Award luncheon at Cili Restaurant in Las Vegas.
On March 10, Opportunity Village received an award for the Job Discovery Program being chosen as a Merit Finalist in Mutual of America’s 2015 Community Partnership Award Competition at Cili Restaurant in Las Vegas.
About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award
The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Last year, Mutual of America celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Community Partnership Award. Since 1996, 200 partnerships from cities and towns across America have been recognized. To learn more, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa. To watch videos of all 20 national award-winning programs, visit the official YouTube channel for the Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award.