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IWPP focuses on employing, training people with disabilities


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Fernando Venegas working at Mod Pizza in Marysville.

If there is one thing that binds us together as American citizens, it is our belief in the importance and value of hard work. Simply put, work is how we do our part, how we carry our fair share of the load. It is also how we earn income, develop skills and character, and forge meaningful ties with others. Work is a major source of pride, purpose, friendships, and identity in our lives.

The City of Marysville has partnered with the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce to help make the rights and responsibilities of work available to citizens of all abilities. The Inclusive Workplace Partners Program (IWPP) was launched on June 24 and aims to publicly recognize businesses in the community that provide employment or training for people with disabilities.

Recent studies show that:

• 90 percent of workers with a disability score average or above average in performance ratings.

• 86 percent of employees with a disability have average to above average attendance records.

• 97 percent of workers with a disability rate as average or above average in safety on the job.

• Workers who have a disability are five times more likely to stay on the job than others.

• 87 percent of consumers say they would prefer to patronize businesses that employ people with disabilities.

Walgreen's, a pioneer in employing people with disabilities, reports that hiring people with disabilities has led to:

* Increased productivity.

* Improved employee morale.

* Improved management skills.

* Greater loyalty and dedication.

* Improved corporate profile.

* Increased customer appreciation.

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Courtesy Image The city of Marysville and the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce have partnered to launch the Inclusive Workplace Partners Program

The Inclusive Workplace Partners Program (IWPP) is proud to welcome the Marysville Public Library and Marysville Goodwill as its first two partners, and is in the process of registering businesses such as Mod Pizza, Judd & Black, McDonald's, Attic Secrets Tea Room, Ideal Wellness, and others.

If your business is currently providing employment or training for people with disabilities, or if you are interested in joining as an IWPP partner, please contact Leah Tocco at the City of Marysville at Participation is free and partners will receive a certificate of recognition from the Mayor of Marysville, as well as a window cling of the IWPP logo.

Marysville is leading the way in creating a truly inclusive community where people of all abilities have a place to share their gifts and talents. This is a huge step forward in improving the quality of life and work for all of us. Please consider joining your friends and neighbors in this important project. And when you're out shopping, look for the IWPP logo.


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