Tuesday, October 17, 2006

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The month of October has been dedicated to appreciating the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities, and raising awareness for equal employment opportunities. Adults with disabilities are an important part of the workforce, but the fight for equality continues. Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/10/20061003-7.html.

On a similar note, a goal of Volunteer San Diego is to increase the participation of adults with disabilities in volunteer opportunities. Volunteering can give individuals a chance to give back to the community, gain professional skills, and meet new people. It is important that these opportunities are available to diverse groups of people. We are currently recruiting adults and veterans with disabilities to volunteer for DOORS (Disability Outreach Offering Resources through Services). The goal of this program is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through volunteer opportunities that promote financial empowerment. We are working with credit unions, career centers, and other local organizations to provide these opportunities.

Volunteer positions will include: tax preparers, greeters, site coordinators, translators, administrative assistants, data collectors and more. If you want to help, we will find a position for you!

Would you like to participate? Want to become a volunteer? Or do you belong to an organization that may have a volunteer opportunity or need in areas such as financial literacy, homeowner education, tutoring, or GED classes?

Contact: Stephanie Taube, Asset Development Coordinator, 858-636-4125, staube@volunteersandiego.org

For more information on issues related to people with disabilities, here are some great resources:



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