Diversity and Inclusion Resources
We are a non-profit designed to operate as a business, but with a social mission: supporting full participation in community life for people with disabilities or other barriers. Full participation must start with successful employment.
Chinook Enterprises is a non-profit 501(c)(3). The company’s Industrial Production and Manufacturing Facility is located in Mount Vernon, Washington. The division makes over 100,000 parts for Boeing’s 737, 747 and 777 airliners. Chinook Enterprises was founded in 1980 as a Social Enterprise whose mission is to support full participation in community life for people with disabilities and other barriers. Chinook Enterprises is a social enterprise – we are designed to operate like a business, but we have a social mission: Supporting full participation in community life for people with disabilities or other barriers. Throughout the years, Chinook has helped people live more productive and fulfilling lives by striving to gain competitive employment for people with disabilities, as well as inclusion in the community. For over thirty years, Chinook Enterprises has provided personalized employment services to the greater Skagit County community. Our primary focus is to provide high quality service to our two main customer groups: workers with disabilities and community employers. Our Production Department offers a wide variety of manufacturing, kitting and assembly capabilities. Our Quality Management System (QMS) ensures that the processes are in place to achieve the highest quality standards. Chinook Enterprises is a supplier to the Aerospace, Communication, Marine, Solar and Wind power generation Industries. Our versatile production capacity and equipment give us the ability to provide fast service for custom wire and cable requirements, including harness design and mechanical assembly. We can provide rapid turnaround to our customers and are recognized for our attention to detail, excellent quality and great customer service. Chinook’s production team is committed to delivering quality products that exceed our customer’s expectations and do it on time, every time.
Skills Inc. is a self-supporting, nonprofit social enterprise that employs people of ALL ABILITIES in aerospace manufacturing, aerospace finishing, technical services and business solutions
BUSINESS WITH A SOCIAL MISSION
Skills Inc. is a self-supporting, nonprofit social enterprise that employs people of ALL ABILITIES in aerospace manufacturing, aerospace finishing, technical services and business solutions.
Through responsible management and solid corporate partnerships, we create and maintain a stable, rewarding place of work, where persons with disabilities contribute their skills.
TWO BOTTOM LINES
Skills Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is self-funded through our four lines of business. We compete in an open market and receive no government subsidies. Grants and gifts directly benefit our programs.
We train, employ and serve people with disabilities by providing jobs, vocational programs and services that offer life-changing opportunities to thrive at work.
THREE WAYS WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION
By Employing People with Disabilities:
Sixty percent of our 260 employees have a self-identified disability. Our inclusive workforce consists of individuals with a wide range of disabilities. We have a fully integrated work environment where individuals with and without disabilities work side-by-side throughout our four lines of business.
Though Programs and Services Aerospace Internship Internship Program for high school students who learn valuable skills while earning credit toward graduation.
Customized Employment Program
Matches the skills of part-time employees with specific business needs.
Group Pre-Employment Transition Services
Workplace readiness training for young adults with disabilities.
Vocational Services Program
Offers work-readiness assessments, training, mentoring, job development, community job placement and other services.
Serving as a Role Model and Resource to the Community:
Since 1966, Skills Inc. has focused on the strengths of our workforce. Our goal is to match employees with jobs where they excel, providing high quality and value to our customers. Hiring people with disabilities is directly related to our mission but is also an integral part of our overall diversity strategy.
As our organization continues to evolve we have discovered that collaboration with corporate and community partners is essential to increasing employment outcomes. We encourage all employers to embrace a culture of acceptance where people of all abilities thrive.
A STANDOUT BUSINESS. WITH A SOCIAL MISSION https://orionworks.org/
How do you fulfill a social mission of helping people find work and — more importantly — hope? By running an industry-leading business that supports our goals.
Employment Security Department
About Employment Security
The nation's best and most future ready workforce with opportunities for all.
We provide our communities with inclusive workforce solutions that promote economic resilience and prosperity.
Investing in our people
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Service with kindness
Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center
The mission of Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) is to foster inclusive and accessible communities through communication, advocacy, and education. We envision an inclusive, accessible world where everyone is understood and respected.
We offer a comprehensive array of programs that foster effective communication for individuals and families affected by hearing or speech differences. Our services include:
Family support for households with Deaf and Hard of Hearing toddlers
Bilingual preschool services with instruction in American Sign Language and English
Welcome to WorkSourceWA.com!
Finding a new job is never easy, but hiring the right talent can be equally tough. To make it easier, WorkSource has teamed up with Monster.com to create a powerful new job-match site that'll change the way employers and job seekers connect in Washington.
WorkSourceWA.com offers all the industry-leading expertise of Monster.com. It offers job seekers access to thousands of jobs and advanced job-search tools to find career opportunities more easily. Employers get unlimited job posting and automatic ranking and side-by-side comparisons of applicants based on their criteria. It's never been easier to find the perfect job or right talent for your business.
WorkSource is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington.
Customers access services electronically through WorkSourceWA.com or through a network of more than 60 WorkSource centers, affiliates and connection sites.
Last year, WorkSource professionals helped some 170,000 workers and nearly 5,600 Washington employers. Studies show that people who use WorkSource services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don't.
When George R. Roberts launched REDF in 1997 to expand job development programs for people striving to overcome serious employment barriers, his goal was visionary: invest in employment social enterprises that create jobs and reinvest their earnings in skill development, training, and services for their employees.
The strategy to reach this goal was shaped with a unique combination of social mission and private sector experience. Using the principles he developed while leading KKR, the global private equity investment firm he co-founded, Roberts structured REDF to undertake venture philanthropy, with the mindset of an investor, and an expected return measured in people employed and lives changed. As envisioned by Roberts, REDF proposed an alternative that filled existing gaps in the workforce system – investing in revenue-generating businesses that employ individuals overcoming steep barriers to employment.
When it was founded in 1997, REDF supported 14 businesses across the San Francisco Bay Area. 25 years later, REDF is a national organization and leader in the employment social enterprise field that has provided capital, capacity, and community to over 200 enterprises across 33 states and DC. Together, these businesses have generated over $1.3 billion in revenue reinvested in their employees and employed over 84,000 people.
Hiring Our Heroes
Since our launch in March 2011, HOH has worked to connect the military community with meaningful employment opportunities.
Hiring Our Heroes' Mission
We connect the military community with civilian companies to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce.
Bridging the civilian-military divide
Hiring Our Heroes works with the U.S. Chamber's vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to bridge the civilian-military divide within the business community.
Ben’s Fund was founded in 2012 by Seahawks General Manager/EVP John Schneider and wife Traci. The fund was established in honor of their son Ben, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. The intent of Ben’s Fund, in partnership with Seattle Foundation, is to provide financial support and guidance to children and young adults in the state of Washington who have autism.
Ben’s Fund provides funds to families in need to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child or young adult on the autism spectrum. Applicants request a yearly grant to help cover the costs to get the care, support and items they need to become all they can be. We are so thrilled to share that we have given away over 2,928 grants since 2012!
Along with financial support, we have created a community of encouragement, hope, awareness and understanding. Having autism in your family can be very lonely and isolating. We want parents to know that they are not alone! Sharing our story can help others and that is what Ben’s Fund is about. Supporting each other.
At Purple Communications, we value culture and community. Together, we are building a bridge that connects us to one another and to our customers. We strive to create workplaces that reflect the communities we support and celebrates the authenticity and diverse perspectives of our employees.
We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)
The Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) is located at the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies (UWCTDS), within the Center for Human Development and Disability. Our work is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living, and other funding sources.
WATAP provides assistive technology resources and expertise to Washington residents who face challenges related to disability and aging as well as family members, employers, and service providers in employment, healthcare, community living, and education.
Washington Access Fund
A world where all people with disabilities have access to the resources they need to fully participate and thrive in our communities.
We offer people with disabilities customized loans, financial coaching, and other resources to promote access to assistive technology, independence, financial resilience, and life opportunities.
Our Core Operating Values
Impact: We are focused and driven to deliver effective services.
Respect: We respond with compassion, creativity, and kindness to reduce barriers while upholding the dignity of those we serve.
Community-driven: We are led by people with disabilities for people with disabilities, and design solutions for diverse communities, perspectives, experiences, and circumstances.
Person-centered: We recognize that everyone has unique circumstances and collaborate with individuals, families, and other organizations to support access to community resources.
Our Guiding Beliefs
In the life-changing impact of assistive technology and financial stability.
Everyone should have affordable access to assistive technology.
People with disabilities face institutional, attitudinal, and financial barriers that limit life opportunities.
People with disabilities are not a uniform population and many face intersectional barriers, particularly in relation to race, ethnicity, and gender.
The Salways were able to bring their son Wesley home from the hospital because of a home modification loan from Northwest Access Fund.
Who We Serve
Northwest Access Fund serves people in Washington and Oregon:
All disabilities, health conditions, and functional limitations
We provide low-interest loans for people with disabilities and seniors to purchase assistive technology.
We offer financial coaching services, including one-on-one financial coaching and group workshops, designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities with low-incomes or accessing social security benefits.
We maintain up-to-date resources relevant to people with disabilities in Washington and
Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities.
Our Vision and Values
Our partners view us as a premiere resource and a national leader in promoting the skills and abilities of people who are blind or have low vision. We team with customers, employers, our communities, and fellow staff to achieve the highest level of customer service.
Dynamic Agency Culture
Our culture embraces and rewards creativity, risk taking, and leadership from everyone. We seek opportunities to educate and be educated. We honor and celebrate our differences while providing safe yet dynamic environments.
Effective Business Processes
Our services rely on best practices, continuous improvement, and reinvention. Our physical spaces and our service delivery model accessibility. We capture all the resources necessary to accomplish our mission.
We create outstanding outcomes for our customers by meeting the full-range of their needs with the highest level of customer service. People who are blind and have low vision go to work in careers of their choice. Customers exit with the skills needed to manage their lives, pursue or excel in their careers, and participate in their communities.
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