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Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation awards Easterseals $200,000 for new Hospitality Services Training program

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Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati has been awarded $200,000 over two years from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) to support people with disabilities through our new Hospitality Services Training program.

MEAF is investing $1.4 million to organizations empowering youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment. Easterseals is one of 15 organizations chosen.

“For the past decade, MEAF has invested its philanthropic dollars in innovative pilot projects that show promise in improving disability employment outcomes,” says Kevin R. Webb, Sr., Director of MEAF.

Easterseals’ Hospitality Services Training (HST) is a new program that addresses the needs of the growing hospitality sector in the Cincinnati region and the people in our community looking for sustainable careers. HST will offer individuals, both with and without disabilities, a path to employment in the hospitality industry through case management, career development, hands-on training and certifications.

“We’re grateful Mitsubishi recognizes the value people with disabilities have in employment and in our community,” says Pam Green, President & CEO of Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati. “Diversity and inclusion are the drivers of our hospitality program, because people of all abilities can train together, work together and be hired together. Acceptance and empowerment begin at the starting line.”

Through partnerships with hotels in the area, opportunities to gain in-demand certifications and the chance to work alongside peers with and without disabilities, Hospitality Services Training is increasing our community’s understanding and appreciation of inclusivity and all that people with disabilities are capable of.

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, based in the Washington, D.C. area, was established in 1991 by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the Mitsubishi Electric U.S. companies, which produce, sell and distribute a wide range of consumer, industrial, commercial and professional electronics products. The Foundation has contributed more than $21.5 million to organizations that are empowering young people with disabilities to lead more inclusive and productive lives.

This year, MEAF is giving grants focused on projects that build a pipeline of talent and are specifically designed to empower young women with disabilities, address mental health issues facing America’s veterans, and support humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

To learn more, visit www.MEAF.org.

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