Title: Annual HIRE POWER Awards recognize local companies promoting the county’s workforce
Date: June 10th, 2016
Source: Howard County News
Deidre McCabe, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Phyllis Madachy, Director, Department of Citizen Services, 410-313-6400
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Howard County Board to Promote Self Sufficiency today recognized five businesses with this year’s HIRE POWER Awards at a ceremony at Tino’s Italian Bistro in Columbia.
The HIRE POWER Awards highlight businesses within the county that promote programs and practices to help develop the local workforce through innovative job support, inclusive hiring strategies and community outreach efforts.
This year’s winners of the HIRE POWER Awards are:
Edward G. Rahll and Sons (Jessup) – Edward G. Rahll and Sons is a produce supplier providing job opportunities to those reentering the workforce. Flexible schedules allow their workers to use public transportation and attend critical support services meetings. They believe everyone deserves a second chance and in giving back to the community by supporting soup kitchens and offering discounts to charities.
Hungry Harvest (Jessup) – Hungry Harvest sources, recovers and delivers produce with a mission to reduce food waste and fight hunger. Their business model includes making a one to two pound food donation for every box of produce delivered to paying customers. They also provide employment opportunities to ex-offenders and those experiencing homelessness, and work with the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center to ensure workers have the necessary support services, such as transportation.
Neighbor Network (Dayton) – Neighbor Network empowers families and individuals to better their situations, educates the community on how people become homeless, eliminates stereotypes associated with poverty and educates businesses on how to help support those with barriers achieve self-sufficiency. For the past seven years, they have partnered with the Multi-Service Center (MSC) to assist families obtain stability. They support the MSC, Bridges to Housing Stability, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Howard County Public School System and other organizations by providing food, clothing, energy, rent and car repair assistance. Some of their special projects include Christmas in July, backpacks filled with school supplies and education through homeless speaker presentations at schools.
Subway (Assateague Drive, Jessup) – Subway employs individuals who have experienced an interruption in their employment work history. Employees are offered the opportunity to thrive and grow within the company. Flexible work schedules allow workers to attend critical service meetings, tend to family needs and accommodate public and carpool transportation schedules. The company’s management leads by example, providing instruction and leadership opportunities for workers to learn the business operation, ranging from profitability and scheduling, to opening and closing s store. Subway employees are successful because of the innovative and supportive management practices offered to them.
Tino’s Italian Bistro (Columbia) – Tino’s Italian Bistro operates with the philosophy of giving back to its community. Through its Foundation Nights, 10 percent of the restaurants proceeds are donated to local non-profits organizations, including: Bridges to Housing Stability, Wounded Warriors, The Arc of Howard County, Neighbor Ride, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and Zaching for Cancer. Tino’s also supports local Girl Scouts troops and clients of The Arc of Howard County in helping prepare and serve meals.
To support the work of the Board to Promote Self Sufficiency, contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phyllis Madachy, Director of Citizen Services, at 410-313-6400.