NW Works Receives Grant From United Way NSV

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United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley, P.O. Box 460, Winchester, VA 22604



Ellie Tahmaseb, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, NW Works

540-313-9446, ewilliams@nwworks.com

WINCHESTER,  Virginia (May 26, 2022) – NW Works, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a $8,200 grant from the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley. These funds will support the new Benefits Planning Program at NW Works.

Benefits Planning will assist residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley in making informed decisions about their employment and government benefits. There is a limit to the wages people can earn without jeopardizing their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and other government benefits, and this limit varies from person to person. Having someone that specializes in Benefits Planning will help calculate that limit, determine the maximum number of hours someone can work without losing their benefits, explore fulfilling alternatives to work, and provide guidance for those who are able to phase out of benefits and into full-time employment.

“With Benefits Planning, the individuals we serve can confidently seek integrated and competitively-paid jobs without fear of unknowingly jeopardizing their benefits,” said Debera Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of NW Works. “We are grateful for the support from the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to develop this program and proud to partner with the United Way in these efforts.”

United Way NSV awards annual grants through a competitive application and Fund Distribution review process that is completed entirely by community volunteers. This year, volunteers reviewed funding applications, undertook site visits and recommended grant funding to focus on priority human care needs as defined by United Way’s Community Needs Assessment. 

“Finding ways that we can help bring increased financial stability, grow quality of life and advocate for those who need help is what United Way is all about. We are incredibly proud to support this new grant at NW Works and directly help our community maximize their ability to work without compromising their disability support. We expect to see the impact from this grant for years to come in the lives of the people receiving services at NW Works and from others who have disabilities but still have the desire to work” Said Elise Stine-Dolinar, of United Way NSV. 

To learn more about Benefits Planning at NW Works, please contact Bonnie Zampino, Customized Employment Manager, at bzampino@nwworks.com

About United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley: Since 1946 the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has worked to impact the community human care needs that matter most to the people of Clarke, Page, Frederick, Shenandoah Counties and the City of Winchester. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley convenes the people and organizations necessary to create solutions to our region’s most pressing challenges and collaborates with effective partners. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley seeks to serve as the catalyst for community change by supporting over 42 partner agencies in the areas of Financial Stability, Health and Education. For more information visit our website www.unitedwaynsv.org. Follow us on Twitter @UWNSV.

About NW Works: When NW Works was started in 1970,  the founders wanted to create a space where people with disabilities were afforded the same employment opportunities that others receive. While the organization has grown, the vision for a more equitable future has remained the same. More than fifty years since its inception, NW Works continues to empower adults with disabilities in Clarke, Warren, and Frederick counties and the City of Winchester to maintain meaningful employment through the following services:  Individual Supported Employment, Group Supported Employment, Day Support Services, ProjectSEARCH, AbilityOne Contracts, Business Services, and Career Services. Visit www.nwworks.com to learn more about the employment services offered at NW Works. 

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