2015 Annual Appeal
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Welcome to The Sierra Group Foundation 2015 Annual Appeal
"Exhilarating and transformative!" are the words Janet Fiore, Chairman of the Board uses to describe the progress of The Sierra Group Foundation in 2012. "We are excelling at our mission to drive up employment for people with disabilities, including Veterans!" This year, we continued our past programs while also acquiring a bricks and mortar training school located in Center City Philadelphia!
Our new program, The Sierra Group Academy , is a training school for adults with disabilities that capitalizes on the right combination of skills training, assistive technology and employer connections to make our job seekers competitive in today’s marketplace. Here are some highlights! Since July we have:
- Placed five students at five different regional employers
- Received in-kind support/donations from organizations including: Starbucks, Modell’s, The Philadelphia Business Journal & Stepware.com
- Hosted successful "Disability Mentoring Day" with 20 businesses and 45 students
- Hosted "Agency Referral Day" with 22 Agencies and Senator Casey’s staff
- Created "Team Academy" to run/walk/wheel in the 2011/12/13 Philadelphia Marathons
Your tax-deductible gift can help us continue our work, for example: $50 can buy an assistive keyboard while $1000 can furnish a fully accessible computer.
Off to Work!
Disability Mentoring Day
One More Way
One More Way remains this country’s largest and only fee free web portal bringing together people with disabilities, agencies providing services, and hiring managers in a million member strong collaboration to drive up employment. These efforts have led to 614 referrals overall including 186 veteran referrals. And the One More Way collaborative has gone further in the past year providing 10 educational teleseminars reaching over 7,000 individuals on topics like "Accessibility Recruiting."
Your tax-deductible gift can help us continue our work, for example: $500 will sponsor a Teleseminar.
Employment Incentives Web Portal
Employment Incentives Web Portal serves as a uniquely useful portal for businesses that hire or retain employees with disabilities. It collects in one business friendly location practical information about Federal and State (currently covering 25 states) hiring incentives and programs aimed at employing people with disabilities. In the past 12 months, this site has had over 1.2 million visitors. Since its inception, the businesses that have used our Employment Incentives web portal have reported that they secured over $7,100 in various Federal and State tax credits, deductions, and training offsets that they would have not otherwise known about.
Your tax-deductible gift can help us continue our work, for example: $2500 will allow us to add and maintain information for another state.
And there is much more: 48 presentations at national and regional forums including extensive collaborations with state vocational rehabilitation programs; outreach and lobbying at all levels of government including Washington DC, Dover, DE, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia. In fact, Board President Janet Fiore was the recent recipient of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission Access Achievement Award. We are connecting the dots nationwide driving up employment for the largest group of unemployed Americans!
At The Sierra Group Foundation, we are excited by the highly leveraged possibilities presented by our expanding array of programs targeted at driving up employment among people with disabilities. Please join us in this important cause today with your significant gift, payable to The Sierra Group Foundation or online at: Donate Now!
Our United Way donor number is 49659.
Thank you for your consideration.
CEO of The Sierra Group Foundation
588 N. Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406