For-Profit/Nonprofit Partnerships Working For all Parties
One other visible evidence of this partnership is in a Broadview Networks warehouse in Farmingdale, N.Y. where individuals with developmental disabilities work diligently to configure, package and ship over one thousand phones a month for the company’s OfficeSuite™ service. These workers are graduates of YAI/NIPD’s employment training program. With the ongoing support of YAI job coaches, they are thriving on the job.
Shyanne Osorio is another example of the deep relationship. Shyanne, who has autism, is the daughter of Angel Osorio, Jr., an eight-year employee of Broadview Networks. Angel was unable to find the right treatment and services to help his daughter during the first years of her life. But when Angel found YAI, he found an organization that was uniquely qualified to help Shyanne in all aspects of her care and development. From doctors focused on treating children with autism to special teachers who have experience dealing with communication challenges, YAI worked to help Shyanne and her family, as they do with all of the families they serve.
“We strongly believe that Shyanne and people with autism and other developmental and learning disabilities can lead productive lives in the community,” said Dr. Philip H. Levy, co-chief executive officer and president of the YAI/NIPD Network. “Our mission is to provide awareness of, as well as hope and opportunity to people with disabilities and their families.”
“Unfortunately Angel’s story is not unique,” Dr. Levy continued. “With autism now affecting 1 in every 150 individuals in the Unites States, more and more people need the help of organizations like the YAI/NIPD Network, which provides services across their lifespan.”
Broadview also supports the YAI/NIPD Network with corporate donations but the level of non-financial support Broadview provides is key to the relationship.
Broadview does more than ask employees to participate or donate. For this year’s event, the company is reaching out to its own base of customers — more than 70,000 businesses — through direct messages and advertisements, asking for their participation and donations. Broadview has also extended efforts to its pool of vendors and indirect/agent sales channel, inviting them to become a part of the Broadview Networks team.