San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2012
The “No Limits” Mentoring Mission, a charity-based online resource designed to celebrate businesspeople from all walks of life who have triumphed in the face of physical adversity, is looking for employer partners to help disabled people get a new lease on life through mentoring and job opportunities.
“An estimated 70 percent of all visually impaired people between 18 and 69 are unemployed,” said Patrick Lennon, founder of the “No Limits” Mentoring Mission. “This isn’t acceptable. If a person has career aspirations – whether they are paralyzed, wheelchair-bound or visually impaired – they should be allowed to pursue those goals and dreams. Our mission is to do everything possible to help connect disabled people with meaningful job opportunities, regardless of any physical issues.”
Lennon, CEO and founding partner at ROI Media Direct – a national direct response radio and television advertising agency -- conceived the “No Limits” Mentoring Mission after enduring multiple life-threatening brain surgeries, two bouts with cancer, a heart aneurysm, a stem cell transplant, and blindness.
According to Lennon, a significant part of the “No Limits” Mentoring Mission is to find companies and volunteers interested in making a life-changing impact on someone. “The overwhelming majority of disabled people don’t want to be on disability – they want to work. The frustrating thing is there are a number of government programs that actually pay employers to hire the disabled, and many companies simply have no idea they even exist.
“The NoLimitsMission.org website makes it very easy for business executives to contribute their inspiring stories,” says Lennon. “We also feature a number of stories about individuals – from sports reporters to authors – who have succeeded in the face of major physical disabilities. Our hope is that these stories provide a source of inspiration for the thousands of people who have put their career dreams on hold due to a myriad of medical challenges, from cancer to blindness.
“If we’re able to communicate one overlying theme through the ‘No Limits’ Mentoring Mission, it’s to never give up on your career goals, regardless of your age or the physical obstacles thrown in your path,” said Lennon, who hopes the new website will help facilitate mentoring opportunities for business executives interested in giving back on a more personal level. “There are so many successful people who have refused to let physical setbacks derail their dreams, and we’ve already begun to hear some of these stories at NoLimitsMission.org.”
As part of the “No Limits” Mentoring Mission, a special award called The “No Limits” Award will also be given to the person with the most inspiring story. A check for $5,000 will be handed to the winner, which will be given to the Braille Institute, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or the designated charity of his or her choice. In addition, the winner’s charity or cause will receive $5,000 in free national media exposure via radio and/or television public service announcements. A nationwide press release program will also be launched to tens of thousands of media outlets featuring the winner’s story and charity.
“We’re also looking at other tangible ways of supporting the charitable causes of our 2012 ‘No Limits’ Award such as free computers for the blind,” said Lennon. “We’ve already met some amazing people with truly inspirational stories who have contacted us simply because they want to help others.”
For Lennon, who has been cancer-free for the last eight years after undergoing a grueling bone marrow transplant that left him legally blind, one of the biggest adjustments he’s had to make is learning to ask others for help.
“People are more than willing to help in any way they can such as crossing the street or finding the restroom at a restaurant,” Lennon said. “That’s wonderful, but I can’t think of anything more rewarding than connecting a successful professional with a disabled person, whether it’s in a mentoring role, sharing what they’ve learned – or offering training that could lead to a job.”
If you would like to share your inspiring story with others, know of someone you would like to nominate for the “No Limits” Award, or are interested in learning how your business can employ the disabled and be compensated in the process, go to NoLimitsMission.org or visit Facebook.com/NoLimitsAward.