NYSID, Purchasing That Powers Employment

NYSID, Purchasing That Powers Employment Empowering People. Supporting New York. NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization that creates jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.
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Established in 1975 and based in Albany, NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization with a 40-year mission of "Advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities." NYSID and its member agencies are a proven procurement solution for government agency customers. NYSID members are the employment resource centers for individuals with diverse abilities. Our member agencies also partner with private sector New York State businesses, including Minority and Woman-Owned Business and veterans’ support programs. Employment on a NYSID contract transforms lives and communities. • Individuals realize the financial security, self-worth and personal relationships that come with long-term employment, and a traditionally under-employed workforce is served. • NYSID’s member agencies are able to offer center-based or community employment, unique to individuals’ abilities and independence goals. • Government procurement needs are met affordably and with a proven track record. Preferred Source procurement satisfies the obligation to comply with New York State Finance Law Section 162's mandate to purchase approved goods and services provided by New Yorkers with disabilities. NYSID prices are approved by the New York State Office of General Services. New York State benefits by having a workforce which includes empowered individuals with disabilities, who bring stability to communities through wages earned and spent where they live.

Mission: Advancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities

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NYSID | New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc.

Sanitize Your Hands. Support Employment.

Diversify your supply chain by purchasing Purell® products through NYSID's catalog. Contact [email protected] or visit shop.nysid.org.

Gojo/Purell® products are packaged by individuals with disabilities at NYSID Member Agency Liberty ARC. Pictured is Robert Yesse, a lead production worker, who says, “Being able to provide important products to our community makes me feel good.”

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Today is the final day to cast your vote for the winners of the Albany Times Union's "The Big $100,000 Giveaway"!

Ten winners will receive $10,000 in ad space to promote their mission and community impact.

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Capital Region Gives 2020

There's only TWO DAYS left to cast your vote for the winners of the Albany Times Union's "The Big $100,000 Giveaway"!

Ten winners will receive $10,000 in ad space to promote their mission and community impact.

Here's all you need to do to vote for NYSID: go to https://www.timesunion.com/capitalregiongives2020/, scroll down to New York State Industries for the Disabled and click the green "vote" button.

You can vote once every 24 hours up through Thursday, December 10.

Help NYSID win this opportunity to promote the importance of Purchasing That Powers Employment. THANK YOU!

Voting for the Big $100,000 Giveaway is open!

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“Jake has landed a job at UPS!!! He’s not driving a truck, but he is working up to 8 hours a day running packages to our...
12/04/2020

“Jake has landed a job at UPS!!! He’s not driving a truck, but he is working up to 8 hours a day running packages to our doorsteps. He’s walking some 15,000 steps a day. He’s doing it with a smile. Yes, he's now 'Jake From UPS’.”

"All he ever wanted was a chance.
And if he was given that chance, they’d never forget him.

They said Jake Pratt of Vestavia Hills would never contribute.
They said he’d never make his high school football team.
They said he’d never graduate from high school.
They said he’d never get his driver’s permit.
They said he’d never graduate from college.

Jake Pratt has proven them all wrong, and now I have the pleasure of announcing some big news!

Jake has landed a job at UPS!!!
He’s not driving a truck, but he is working up to 8 hours a day running packages to our doorsteps.
He’s walking some 15,000 steps a day.
He’s doing it with a smile.
Yes, he's now 'Jake From UPS.'

Oh, and that’s in addition to Jake working maintenance at a golf course from 6-10 a.m. seven days a week.
That big backpack blower?
Piece of cake.

Yes, Jake Pratt is making his lunch the night before each workday.
Placing his clothes out.
Turning in early.
Ready to remind us he will not be forgotten.

All he ever wanted was a chance, and the UPS folks have given him a chance.

Now, this 21-year-old with Down syndrome is showing the world what people with special needs can accomplish with hard work.
This young man is helping to make our Christmas merrier.

My heart is full as my pride in Jake runs deep.

Please congratulate Jake, and if you see him on his route, give him a yell.
All he ever wanted was a chance.

And if he was given that chance, they’d never forget him.
I have to admit, 'Jake From UPS' is going to be tough to forget."

#LoveWhatMatters

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Photo: Kathy and Jay Pratt

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Empowering People. Supporting New York.

Established in 1975 and based in Albany, NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization that creates jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.

NYSID and its member agencies are a proven procurement solution for government agency customers. NYSID members are the employment resource centers for individuals with diverse abilities. Our member agencies also partner with private sector New York State businesses, including Minority and Woman-Owned Business and veterans' support programs.

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