Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
SourceAmerica® announces U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) as an AbilityOne® Congressional Champion. SourceAmerica awards members of congress the AbilityOne Champion designation because they demonstrate support for the AbilityOne Program, which employs nearly 50,000 people, and associated nonprofit agencies through congressional actions.
“It is an honor to be recognized by SourceAmerica,” said Sen. Carper. “I always say the greatest thing you can do to help someone is to give them a job, and that is what the AbilityOne Program does for people with disabilities. I am proud of the work they do in Delaware and across the nation.”
Sen. Carper is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and has jurisdiction over the AbilityOne Program and other government operations, such as federal contracting. He has supported legislation benefitting people with disabilities and directly engages with Opportunity Center Inc., in Delaware and DC. Opportunity Center Inc. is ServiceSource’s Delaware Regional Office and offers people with disabilities resources and services.
SourceAmerica recognized Senator Carper at an event at the J.Caleb Boggs Federal Building in Wilmington, DE. The Senator met AbilityOne employees and learned about their work. The individuals are employed through a federal contract between the local nonprofit agency, Opportunity Center Inc. (dba ServiceSource), and the General Services Administration.
“Senator Carper has been a leader on employment and training programs throughout his career in public service at the federal and state level and is an enthusiastic supporter of Opportunity Center,” said SourceAmerica Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Government Affairs Nancyellen Gentile, “We appreciate his work on behalf of people with significant disabilities and are proud to recognize him as an AbilityOne Congressional Champion.”
Established in 1974, SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce of people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica is the vital link between the federal government and private sector organizations that procure the products and services provided by this exceptional workforce via a network of more than 1,000 community-based nonprofits. Headquartered in Vienna, VA, SourceAmerica provides its nonprofit agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne authorized enterprise.
About the AbilityOne Program
Providing employment opportunities to nearly 50,000 people, the AbilityOne Program is the largest single source of employment for people who are blind or have significant disabilities in the United States. Nearly 600 participating nonprofit organizations employ these individuals and provide quality goods and services to the federal government at a fair market price. The AbilityOne Program is administered by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission (http://www.abilityone.gov), an independent federal agency.