To advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
Great South Bay YMCA Recognized
For Commitment to Workforce Diversity
Pictured (l-r) Tina Marie Hardekopf, Great South Bay YMCA’s Director of Member Services,
Bob Pettersen, Great South Bay YMCA’s Executive Director, Jason Levenbaum, YMCA Employee
and Jerry Limone, UCP of Suffolk’s Supported Employment Supervisor.
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk, Inc. (UCP of Suffolk) is pleased to announce that Great South Bay YMCA has been chosen as the First Runner-up for the 2013 “Works For Me” Recognition Award in the category of not-for–profit Employer of the Year by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The award is presented annually to select employers throughout New York State which have demonstrated a great commitment to workforce diversity through the hiring of talented employees with developmental disabilities. They will be recognized during a ceremony to be held in Albany this October.
The Great South Bay YMCA was chosen based upon a nomination submitted by UCP of Suffolk which recognized the YMCA’s leadership and commitment to employing individuals with disabilities. Jason Levenbaum was referred to the YMCA through UCP of Suffolk’s The Employment Connection, which provides Supported Employment Services. Supported Employment offers employment related services, such as career assessment and counseling, work preparation, employment training, and job placement, so a person with a disability can become employed and independent.
According to Jerry Limone, Supported Employment Supervisor, “The Great South Bay YMCA has been an extremely supportive environment for Jason. It has allowed Jason to become very comfortable in his job and approach it with great confidence. Jason is a well liked and respected employee of the YMCA and is frequently invited to attend social outings with his co-workers and supervisors. When Jason requested more hours, the Executive Director of the YMCA, Bob Pettersen, created a timekeeper position in the athletic department for him so he could work evenings. The YMCA also developed a motivational speaking opportunity for Jason. He addresses YMCA members regarding his disability to enlighten them and inspire the youth of the community to overcome their own obstacles.”
For more information about employment programs available through UCP of Suffolk please visit www.theemploymentconnection.com, or call 631-232-0011 Ext 535.