In recognition of October as Disability Employment Awareness month we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge some of the employers in our community who are working to help build an inclusive landscape for job seekers of all backgrounds. We have a wonderful working relationship with these businesses through our role in providing customized employment support to some incredible individuals, and we’d like to share a few of the ways that they enrich our communities through the work they do.
Eat Street Social: This mouth-wateringly good eatery is the second of its kind from Northeast Social’s founders, Joe Wagner and Sam Bonin, and it is also a great example of the power of inclusive employment. Jeff has been a cook with Eat Street since last May and considers himself part of the family. Check out Jeff’s debut as a culinary all-star in these limited edition chef collection cards released by the eatery. Too cool!
Uncommon Sports Cards & Collectibles: After moving to their new location on Penn Ave. in Richfield this past June, Uncommon has really carved a niche for themselves in the community as a place where collectors can gather and share their love of card collecting. Uncommon is a family run store with the emphasis on value and community. Here you will not only find an excellent, inclusive employer, but a fantastic retailer specializing in autographed memorabilia, photos, sports and gaming cards. They even offer some rad programs for kids like, Topps of the Class: Kids bring in their report cards for a free pack of cards, and the Baseball Card Clubhouse: Two Versions, One for scouts & one for baseball teams.The Leader or coach calls or emails us and then the group comes in and hears about card collecting. Everyone gets gift from the MBA.
Tree Trust is a both a spectacular employer and a pillar in the community. They provide young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 with an invaluable learning experience as well as a living wage, all while giving back to the community and the environment. We are so excited for Sam who has just begun his work as a Conservationist with the Young Adult Conservation Corps. Sam has been loving his experience with the program and the opportunity to help beautify his community by planting trees and enhancing the landscapes at various Hennepin County Library locations. Last year, participants in the Corps completed parks improvement projects, provided year-round maintenance services along the Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority trail system, planted nearly 700 trees and shrubs, and helped preserve property values by mowing lawns and shoveling snow for 100 foreclosed properties. Here’s a little more background about this awesome program, but definitely take some time to peruse their website and learn about all the ways that this organization empowers young adults from all walks of life:
Young adults maintain and improve Hennepin County parks, neighborhoods and public spaces while building transferable job skills in this three- to six-month job training program. With only five crew members per crew leader, each participant receives personal attention in a supportive but realistic work environment. When they graduate from the program, they leave a lasting impression on the local landscape and take with them the skills they need to be successful in the workplace and in life.
Parkway Pizza is one of the best places in town to get pizza from hands down. They have great service, awesome food, and a wide delivery range. Based in the Longfellow neighborhood in South Minneapolis, Parkway prides themselves on hiring a diverse workforce and making a difference in their community. Every Monday at Parkway Pizza is Dine Out for Schools, a program where they also support local schools by donating 5% of that days’ revenue to four local schools in the Twin Cities: Hiawatha School, Dowling School, Sunny Hollow Montessori in St Paul, Seward School/MPS ECFE. Parkway Pizza also proudly sponsors local schools and community groups. Next time you’re in the mood for some ‘za, give Parkway a call, and you’ll know you’ll be supporting your community along with satisfying your belly.
Not only is Juut an award-winning salonspa offering a full line of beauty and wellness services, they also value and implement an inclusive workforce. Over the years, Juut has been a leading example of a employer committed to diversity and equality, perhaps it is rooted in their adherence to the philosophy of Daymaking, based on the belief that a person can positively influence the world around them by simple acts of kindness that make someone else’s day more beautiful. We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to support a number of individuals at different locations of this exemplary independent and locally-based business.
For almost two decades, Turtle Bread has been baking up some of the freshest, tastiest breads and baked goods found in the Twin Cities. We have first hand testimonials of what a great place this local company is to work for, and we are lucky because sometimes this results in delicious treats that appear from time to time around the office. When you visit Turtle Bread, not only are you getting a quality product, but you are supporting a positive, inclusive business that aims to treat their employees as family.
University of Minnesota Arboretum is not only a beautiful place to visit and take in nature’s splendor, but it’s also a really awesome place to work. Just ask Jessie, she’s been working at the restaurant here since last spring and has been enjoying her time there very much. Click here to read more about Jessie’s experience working at the Arboretum.
In our work, we have had the opportunity to support a few really great individuals in their employment at Byerly’s/Lunds. This is a family company that truly upholds their mission and core values, which are as follows:
Each workplace has its own unique work culture. Lund Food Holdings is no exception. Our culture is guided by our company’s core values, the power and passion of our people and the earned loyalty of our customers. Our core company values are: Respect, Teamwork and Innovation. These are values we hold true for our staff, our customers and our company.
Burger King restaurants all over the Twin Cities metro area provide a flexible, inclusive work environment. We work with a number of individuals who, as employees of the classic burger chain, enjoy a competitive wage and a supportive employer.
There are so many more companies and organizations that deserve recognition in this area, but this is just the first installment of our goal to give credit to those who are working hard to ensure their staff are made up of a diverse group of individuals who earn a fair wage for the work they do.