Greetings from Maryland Works' CEO, Mary Manzoni
Dear Members and Supporters:
While we are quickly approaching the end of the 1st quarter of 2022, I reflect on the challenges we have all experienced and are continuing to experience. What has become so apparent is the compassion and solidarity within our work, organizations, and community. We have adapted, collaborated, advocated, and remained united in our approach to providing quality programming and services to individuals with disabilities.
Maryland Works' mission depends on all of us working together to promote economic and workforce development strategies that create equal access and assure inclusion for individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment. Through the Employment Works Program (EWP) at Maryland Works, at the end of January 2022, 947 individuals with disabilities were employed earning an average wage of $13.63. The EWP is targeting new industries and increasing the number of Competitive Integrated Employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment.
The staff at Maryland Works is growing. Kevin Armstrong, Director of Marketing & Training, recently joined the team. We also welcomed Meagan Mulligan as an Administrative Assistant, and we are currently interviewing EWP Contract Coordinators. Kevin and I will be scheduling meetings with our members soon.
As we close out the month of March, we continue to celebrate the contributions of women.
As we enter the month of April, let us all celebrate Autism Awareness Month. "Some people with autism may not be able to speak to answer to their name, but they can still hear your works and feel kindness."
Everything we do happens because of the commitment and support of amazing people like you!
The team at Maryland Works are deeply thankful and appreciate you.
Be kind to yourself and others,
CEO, Maryland Works