Amazon Partners with Melwood to Create Jobs for People of Differing Abilities

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Melwood has partnered with Amazon’s Alternative Workforce Supplier Program (AWSP) to provide job opportunities for people of differing abilities.

“We are proud of Amazon for being a leader in workforce inclusion and thrilled to be partnering with them to connect our high-quality workforce pipeline to Amazon’s evolving career opportunities,” said Cari DeSantis, President & CEO of Melwood. “

Melwood has partnered with Amazon’s Alternative Workforce Supplier Program (AWSP) to provide job opportunities for people of differing abilities.

Since 1963, Melwood has offered job placement, training, and support services to people of differing abilities while providing companies like Amazon with a reliable workforce solution. Melwood believes every person is capable of working competitively when provided the proper training and support.

“We are proud of Amazon for being a leader in workforce inclusion and thrilled to be partnering with them to connect our high-quality workforce pipeline to Amazon’s evolving career opportunities,” said Cari DeSantis, President & CEO of Melwood. “It’s a win-win for us both and a step in the right direction towards a future where people of differing abilities are fully included in society.”

Amazon chose to partner with Melwood because of the nonprofit’s proven capacity to train and support individuals of differing abilities. Trained Melwood staff work with people on and off job sites to empower them to succeed in various lines of business, such as Amazon’s Warehouse Associate positions. Melwood’s team matches candidates’ skills and interests to their positions and supports their transition into the workplace through training and coaching. Melwood has utilized its extensive network of other nonprofits and partnered with State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to help make this program a success.

About Melwood
Melwood is one of the largest employers of people of differing abilities in the country and offers workforce solutions to private businesses and government agencies. Melwood currently employs more than 1,600 workers nearly 1,000 of whom are people of differing abilities – while offering job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to nearly 2,600 people each year in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. For more information, visit https://www.melwood.org/.

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