Vote daily through Sept. 2 to help create jobs for people with disabilities
Vienna, VA – August 27, 2013 – SourceAmerica, one the nation's largest nonprofit agencies to create job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce: people with disabilities, announced today that two of its community-based nonprofit agencies are participating in Walmart's "Get On The Shelf" competition to win the opportunity to sell their products through Walmart.
The nonprofit agencies – TradeWinds Rehabilitation Center, Gary, IN, and Challenge Enterprises, Green Cove, FL (in partnership with a commercial firm) – advanced to the audition round of Walmart's competition. During this stage, the public votes for their favorite products. After voting ends on Sept. 2, finalists will be featured in an original web series. Winners will have the opportunity to sell their products through walmart.com and one grand champion also will receive marketing support.
TradeWinds is marketing its Scrub Puppies non-abrasive scouring pads, which do not retain food or foul odors, and are made from 50 percent recycled material. Scrub Puppies are packaged by people with disabilities.
Through a partnership with TLC, a landscaping company in Jacksonville, FL, Challenge Enterprises’ employees with disabilities are manufacturing TLC’s Weed Recede™, a compostable mulch bag. Weed Recede™ is a bag of soil that opens flat and prevents weeds from growing in gardens. The bag is coated with bio-plastic material that makes the bag last substantially longer than ordinary paper.
Established in 1974, SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce: people with significant disabilities. We are the vital link between this exceptional workforce, a network of 1,200 community-based nonprofits, and the federal government and private sector that need the products and services this workforce provides. Headquartered in Vienna, VA, SourceAmerica provides the agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne authorized enterprise.
About the AbilityOne Program
Providing employment opportunities to nearly 50,000 people, the AbilityOne Program is the largest single source of employment for people who are blind or have significant disabilities in the United States. Nearly 600 participating nonprofit organizations employ these individuals and provide quality goods and services to the Federal Government at a fair market price. The AbilityOne Program is administered by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission (www.abilityone.gov ), an independent Federal agency.