TD Charitable Foundation Boosts ServiceNet’s Supported Employment Programs
The TD Charitable Foundation recently awarded ServiceNet—a non-profit mental health and human services organization serving communities throughout western Massachusetts—a grant of $25,000 to boost supported employment. These programs, which employ more than 160 individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, brain injuries, or mental health challenges, include Prospect Meadow Farm in Hatfield, the Rooster Café in Northampton, and the Work Crew that cares for ServiceNet’s group homes and other facilities.
“We believe that ServiceNet plays a significant role in sustaining the vibrant, thriving communities you serve,” said Jennifer Gabriel, Senior Regional Giving Manager for the foundation. “And we are pleased to support your ongoing community-based efforts.”
TD Charitable Foundation, the giving arm of TD Bank, focuses its support on initiatives that will increase financial security, environmental quality, inclusive communities, and equitable health outcomes. Since its inception in 2002, the foundation has contributed more than $312 million in grant funding to not-for-profit organizations in the communities where the bank does business.
“This grant validates the importance of paid, meaningful work and the contributions made by people with disabilities to our local economy,” said Shawn Robinson, ServiceNet’s Director of Vocational Services. “Whether they are growing vegetables, working on carpentry projects, or cooking meals at Prospect Meadow Farm, serving customers at the Rooster Café, or beautifying our neighborhood group homes with their landscaping skills, the participants in our supported employment programs are vital members of the workforce. Connecting with their communities through the work they do, they are also gaining the confidence and skills needed to become more financially secure over time.”
Grant funding from the TD Charitable Foundation will allow ServiceNet to strengthen its investment in sustainable employment programs that offer a competitive minimum wage for people with disabilities, while preparing them to fill needed roles with other employers in the community. Funding will also be used by ServiceNet to attract more referrals and expand vocational programming, thereby helping even more participants achieve independence and unlock their full potential.