From the Concord Monitor
(Letter to the Editor from Richard Cantz, Goodwill Senior VP of Strategic Planning)
The month of October is not just the time when leaves begin to change and pumpkins start to pop up on front porches. It is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month. During this special time, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England is asking the public and private sectors to consider strengthening the workforce by hiring qualified people with disabilities.
People’s identities are formed by forces coming together to create “self.” And I believe a job is central to this notion. A job is not only key to the formation of an identity, it is also paramount to achieving independence. good job brings pride, self-satisfaction and a sense of belonging.
Here in New Hampshire, Goodwill knows the benefits of a diverse workforce. Whether at one of our stores, through our Good Clean Property Services or in partnership with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, we have experienced the strength that a diverse workforce offers. Goodwill trains, places and hires people with disabilities and others who have trouble finding work.
It takes everyone working together to ensure a strong workplace and a sustainable community. We know that when businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations recruit and hire people with disabilities, it makes our economy grow.
I would like to close with a simple thought: If you are a person who can impact the workforce at your place of employment, please hire a person with a disability. It’s an easy way to make your workplace and community stronger.