PFW was developed by the Auburn Rotary Club in 2003 and has expanded throughout western Washington as a viable program that assists employers in gaining access to this talented, untapped workforce. The target population is people who are over 18 years of age who have developmental disabilities and want to work. These individuals have learned valuable skills to offer the workplace, yet their employment rate (30%) is very low and many cannot meet the established job requirements set by human resource departments within businesses. Rotarians are often the top people in their companies and play a key networking and leadership role in helping open the door towards paid work.
Partners for Work has helped create 53 jobs in District 5030 thus far! In our district, people can be found working within a variety of occupations and industries. Employees from Partners for Work are office assistants, warehouse/manufacturing stocking associates, membership/service assistants, and utility/janitorial assistants.
This project focuses on creating new opportunities for people who have traditionally been left out of the job market by having Rotarians become more aware of individual skills and abilities that exist within their own communities. This can be done simply through a series of club-level activities that don’t require fundraising or considerable amounts of volunteer service time by your membership. Contact your PFW district project chair, Debbie Moore, for further information and to receive a PFW toolkit to assist your club in seeding this wonderful project within your club!
Partners for workPerhaps you’ve got a lot of questions, a few concerns, and are not sure where to begin. Rotarians and employers who are not in a position to hire can still contribute by generating other business contacts. The goal of Rotary Partners for Work (PFW) is to create employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities by utilizing Rotarian business leadership as a vital link between job candidates and paid work.
As a Rotary member and an employer, you may be wondering if you should give this a try. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions to learn how you can help.
Partners for workJoin the 19 clubs that are currently involved in this program; West Seattle, Kent, Bellevue, University District, Seattle International District, Auburn, Issaquah, Redmond Rousers, Tukwila, Mercer Island. Hire a Club Greeter for your club-here are the steps to your new club greeter.
Partners for workIn October 2013, PFW hosted a project recognition reception at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle. The recognition program featured key leaders in the success of PFW. The reception program featured an official thank you to County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Developmental Disabilities Division for their leadership and support of the PFW project. The Frank Devlyn award was presented to the four outstanding Rotary Clubs that met the award criteria. Five hiring employers shared their experiences of hiring a PFW job candidate, demonstrating the ultimate project outcome of paid employment for King County project participants.
As part of the event team, PFW Rotary club greeters helped welcome everyone and were recognized for their work.
Bringing together Rotarians, King County personnel, employers, support agencies, PFW employees and greeters at the October recognition displayed the strong community partnerships that have been developed through PFW. Here is a recap and short video summary of the Hard Rock & Dow Constantine Event.