America's Workforse Empowering All

LAKESIDE PACKAGING PLUS JOINS BROAD EFFORT TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Lakeside Packaging Plus, Inc. announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All”

 

“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”

 

Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, Lakeside Packaging Plus will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate its associates and families on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. On October 23, a representative from A-TEAM WI will be on-site to share the successful grassroots efforts that have been going on around the state and nation. The Wisconsin A-TEAM started in 2011 and has grown to 15 states throughout the United States, including 12 chapters in Wisconsin!

 

Lakeside Packaging Plus is proud to sponsor the A-Team Wisconsin Big Lake Chapter. Big Lake Chapter brings individuals with disabilities and their family members together to advocate in a grassroots effort, create awareness in the community and advise others to ensure a full array of vocational service choices are protected and sustained.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The month of October commemorates the 72nd Year of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) supported by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Lakeside Packaging Plus, Inc. is proud to participate in and honor employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

This October, the DOL has chosen the theme: Inclusion Drives Innovation. At Lakeside Packaging Plus, we recognize that a full array of choices and the practice of self-determination are vital drivers behind innovation and a productive workforce. We are continuing to work with families, governments, community leaders, and people with disabilities to provide the best employment prospects possible while recognizing the need for autonmy and choice.

 

Lakeside Packaging Plus has provided employment opportunties and solutions for hundreds of workers with disabilites for over 55 years, with locations in Neenah and Oshkosh.

 

“At Lakeside Packaging Plus we strive to promote employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, while upholding their rights to self-determination and encouraging self-sufficiency. We are honored to be apart of NDEAM and celebrate employment for workers with disabilities,” states Margaret Winn, CEO.

 

Lakeside Packaging Plus, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing meaningful projects, employment and activities that enrich the lives of their associates with diverse abilities. Lakeside has two facilities, located at 1040 Breezewood Lane in Neenah and 100 W. Fernau Avenue in Oshkosh. For additional information about Lakeside Packaging Plus, Inc. visit www.lakesidepackagingplus.com or call 920- 725-8241. 

 

Lakeside Packaging Plus wins Old National Bank Contest

Lakeside Packaging Plus wins $1,000 from Old National Bank

Huge thank you to all of those who voted for Lakeside Packaging Plus (LPP) during the Old National Bank 2017 Choose Your Charity Event.  LPP was chosen to receive $1,000 and those funds will be split between both locations. Special thanks to Old National Bank for choosing us.

Pictured back row Patti Langkau, Dale Bushman, John Zajkowski, Wade Paffenroth, Jerrad King, Linda Stern, Nicole Van Ornum. Front Row Christine Huber, Margaret Winn, Dawn Backhaus, John DeWolf, Holly Hermann

 

 

Community Forum Focuses on Hiring People with Disabilities

February 18, 2016 – Oshkosh, Wis. – Lakeside Packaging Plus announced the creation of their Community Services Program at a Business Forum and Breakfast at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Alumni Center.

 

Professionals representing hospitality, food service, child care, retail, manufacturing, health care, education and financial services sectors came to hear new approaches to fulfilling the need to attract qualified workers. Human services agency representatives, educators and State Representative staff members also attended to hear best practices to share with their constituents.

 

Featured keynote speaker, Traci Jones, Corporate Director of Human Resources for Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, provided attendees with a valuable overview of the benefits in hiring associates with unique abilities. Making a case for answering the need for quality workers was supported further with the statistics she shared, including the remarkably low turnover rate (8 percent) for people with disabilities versus the general population (45 percent).

 

After the presentation, a moderated discussion among attendees provided valuable insights on how companies can make the case to hire associates with disabilities. With more than 75 percent of people with disabilities reporting being unemployed or underemployed when they would rather be working more, they represent an untapped market for employers.

 

Employers shared the need for getting over perceived hurdles, including concerns about accomodations, abilities, and perception that an entire job description needs to be completed by one person.

 

Lincoln Burr, Executive Director for Rehabilitation for Wisconsin in Action, said “If you are a manufacturer who assigns set up and tear down to every employee, can that task be completed by an associate with a disability? This possibility may open opportunities for others in the organization to create more product, improving profitability.”

 

Hiring associates with disabilities can prove to be better for the bottom line for a company in addition to bringing so many more cultural benefits for every employee.