“We are happy to support Creative Work Systems and the admirable work that they do to improve the quality of life for those living with intellectual disabilities across Maine,” said Jason Klipa, Walmart Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. “Supporting programs like these, that offer individuals a chance to gain skills and employment, is crucial to Walmart’s efforts to help people live better.”
The grant from the Walmart Foundation will be applied toward upgrading and certifying a kitchen in CWS’s Saco facility, which will allow the program to sell prepared foods to local vendors. Program participants will receive training for employment in the restaurant industry while also earning much-needed income through proceeds from food sales.
The Culinary Works program is the latest addition to the CWS family of highly successful social enterprises, which include Maine WoodWorks, YES Art Works and Cultivation Works. These enterprises offer innovative methods for participants to earn income in order to overcome poverty and unemployment, which is very high among Maine adults with disabilities.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program plays an essential role in the Foundation’s mission to create opportunities so people can live better. The Program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000, and invests in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about the Walmart Foundation, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.