Thanks to a Huronia Community Foundation grant, eight people with exceptionalities in the Midland area are more confident and satisfied in their jobs.
The Huronia Community Foundation responded to Community Living Huronia’s request for funding in the fall of 2011, after participants of the Supported Employment Program who worked in local offices had identified that their computer skills were preventing them from contributing more fully to their workplace. They were bored with greeting people and answering phones and wanted to do more.
Through the funding, Community Living Huronia (CLH) was able to hire Midland Area Reading Council (MARC) to provide computer literacy training to these individuals.
“Community Living Huronia is proud to have been selected among the very worthwhile programs that the Huronia Community Foundation supported through its grant funding,” notes Anna Hartman, Development Officer. “We are so pleased that the foundation recognized the importance of a diverse workforce in the community and funded computer literacy training for people with exceptionalities in this area.”
MARC’s instructors are professional, patient and flexible, teaching a wide range of skills to individuals with unique needs. MARC and CLH have worked together in the past but through this program, the Huronia Community Foundation has helped strengthen the relationship between them and the new Skills North Simcoe Program that was implemented as an income resource. This is a powerful relationship that will continue to grow, adds Anna.
The eight participants are now more confident on the computer and have learned word processing and data input skills that will help increase the productivity of their workplace and allow them to carry a larger workload. By enhancing each individual’s capabilities, the Huronia Community Foundation has also made them more employable.
“We would like to thank the Huronia Community Foundation for caring about people with exceptionalities in our community, believing in their abilities, and offering them the opportunity to become more skilled and able to contribute to this community,” says Anna.