Feeding America has been responding to the hunger crisis in America for the past 35 years. Originally founded in 1979 as Second Harvest by the “Father of Food Banking,” John van Hengel, Feeding America has grown to be the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
Today, Feeding America has a network of 200 food banks across the United States, feeding 46.5 million people at risk of hunger.
Our Transition2Work Partnership
Since 2011, ReEmployAbility has placed over 70 volunteers at 11 different Feeding America locations across the United States. Injured workers in the Transition2work program have been able to contribute to ending hunger by greeting food bank visitors, helping to inspect, sort, and organize donations, packaging food distributions, assembling bags for children and families, and performing office duties such as data entry, answering phone calls, and assisting with mailings.
We are happy the volunteers in our Transition2Work program are able to be part of the fight to end hunger in the United States!
Learn More About Feeding America
Interested in volunteering for a Feeding America in your community? Visit their website to find a food bank near you!
“I have to say how impressed I am with how your operation runs. Very smooth for us on the claims side. You should be congratulated. It is nice that people remember what customer service is all about. I have and will continue to recommend your company to anyone.”
– Insurance Carrier Claims Manager
Since the very beginning, customer service has always been extremely important to us. We are dedicated to making sure our clients receive the best service possible! It is so rewarding to hear that our efforts to provide the best customer service have paid off.
“Up in the sky, look: It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… Mary!” Arguably faster than a speeding bullet, and certainly as powerful as any locomotive, our Account Executive, Mary Bennett, is a force to be reckoned with. When you meet Mary, one thing is apparent – she means business. One part ninja warrior, two parts energizer bunny, she does not quit. Mary can kick butt, take names, and at the same time win over the room with her endearing personality. Truly one-of-a-kind, Mary has what we like to call the ‘it factor’ — those elusive qualities such as charisma, energy, drive, and work ethic that help her get the job done in ways that leave us all in disbelief. Speaking of disbelief, we can’t believe that today we have the good fortune of celebrating her ten year anniversary with ReEmployAbility! And, bythe way, true to form, Mary is the first of our team to reach this milestone!
Tall buildings? Not a problem for Mary, she’s moved mountains for us. Mary joined our team in 2005, a time when we needed someone to step in and lead our sales efforts. It’s hard to believe all these many years later that Mary came to us as a part-time administrative assistant. Since becoming part of our team she has single-handedly developed our vocational services business in the States of Florida and Georgia. She gave us a face and helped to create the image of our company. She’s consistently been a star performer. We empowered her knowing she had “what it took” to drive our business forward and she surpassed our every expectation.
Mary defines what it means to be a team player by going above and beyond to help. We’re convinced she does not sleep (sleep is for mere mortals you know). If you ask Mary, you’ll never hear the word, “no” – she’ll gladly go out of her way to help. And she does it out of kindness, because she wants to, with no expectation of return.
No challenge is too big and no task is too small. Always out front, never more than a phone call away, forever multi-tasking, the first to respond…she always leads the charge and she makes it look easy. She does things that seem impossible. And somehow she finds time to be a devoted partner to her husband, fanatical supporter to her four children, a tireless volunteer, and a star member of our team.
She is more than an employee to us, she is family; someone others aspire to be – kind, compassionate, caring, hardworking and, driven – driven by her faith, driven for her family, and driven for others. That drive is what has created her success – and, in turn, our success.
Our very own marketing superhero… she’s Mary. It’s not every day you find someone like her, and it’s a good thing she’s on our side! She has powers and a cape and we truly would not be where we are today without her unwavering commitment to our company.
Mary, the entire ReEmployAbility team could not thank you enough for everything you have done in the past 10 years.
– Deb & Frances
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Nick is doing a great job as usual. He is always early for his workday and has been managing our volunteer floor like a real professional. His attention to detail is what sets him apart from the other volunteers. He has a wonderful sense of humor and keeps office morale at 100% satisfaction. Please send 10 more just like him please.
We love hearing great feedback about the volunteers in our Transition2Work program. We are happy to be able to help our nonprofit partners by giving them the volunteers they need to be successful. Our volunteers are able to do more than just help with everyday tasks, they bring a positive attitude with them, which a nonprofit can never have too much of. Feedback like this is why we love what we do.
Labor Day constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. As we celebrate Labor Day we should remember the social and economic achievements of American workers.
We are proud to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s workers and that our Transition2Work program helps play a role in helping those who are injured get back to work quickly.
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Workers in the construction industry face occupational hazards unlike those of any other industry. Despite best efforts to create a safe work environment, the physically demanding nature of work combined with exposure to heavy equipment, hazardous materials, heights, repetitive motion, and dangerous work sites creates inherent risk. As a result the industry suffers from frequent and severe injuries, leading to high workers’ compensation premiums. Often, when a specialized skilled worker is injured on the job, Return-to-Work via light duty at the employee’s regular work site is simply not an option. Transitional duty at nonprofits through programs like Transition2Work is a viable solution to this industry’s unique Return-to-Work challenges.
Click here to read our fact sheet about the industry to learn more.
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Implementing a Return-to-Work program is a win-win situation for everyone involved. A successful program is designed to have an injured worker return to their usual work schedule as early as possible, and preform meaningful work, within their physical capabilities.
There are so many reasons why it is important to have a Return-to-Work program here are just a few:
Gain more control over your workers’ compensation claims.
Based on research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and American Society of Safety Engineers, the longer an injured worker is out of work due to disability, the less likely they are to ever return to work. In fact, the likelihood that a person will return to work is 90% at four weeks of absence, then begins to drop. An employee who is out of work more than six months has only a 50% chance of returning to gainful employment. And, if lost time reaches one year, the chances of successfully returning to work drop to 5%. Additionally, 60 to 70% of lost work days involve medically unnecessary time off of work. Proactive Return-to-Work efforts play a critical role in claims management.
Avoid replacement and training costs.
Employees are an asset and should be treated as such. It is much less expensive to retain a current employee than it is to hire a new one. “The cost of letting an employee go can far outweigh the cost of training. Accrued time off, temporary coverage costs, HR staff time, delays in production and customer service, disruptions to teamwork, and lost customers are major things to consider before replacing” Tech Scholar’s research shows. An effective Return-to-Work program helps a company retain valuable, trained talent.
Reduce workers’ compensation claims costs and reduce premiums.
Indemnity costs have a substantial impact on an employer’s experience modification.According to insurance brokers, Cavignac & Associates, “Not bringing an injured employee back to work can add thousands of dollars to the cost of the claim, and contribute painful points to the experience modification—all of which translate into higher premiums. Sometimes these additional premiums can cost a company up to three times the amount of actual disability payments made by the insurance company.” Beyond the estimated savings of 30% in lost time days, effective Return-to-Work programs can help save 35% is medical costs (Bureau of Labor and Statistics); less time on the claim translates to less medical expense.
Foster teamwork and improve morale.
According to Zurich Insurance Group, “In almost every respect, injured workers are the greatest beneficiaries of the Return-to-Work process. When productive, self-sufficient workers are disabled due to an injury or illness of any kind, the stress, uncertainty and sense of being ‘out of things’ can be significant. It can impact a person’s self-esteem, cause emotional stress and even affect the course and outcome of recovery.” Return-to-Work programs can help to encourage psychological well-being by keeping the employee connected to the workplace and social ties, and reestablishing a regular work routine while they heal.
Provide stability to the injured worker.
In most jurisdictions, injured workers receive the equivalent of 2/3 of their regular wage while on workers’ compensation benefits after an injury. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than half of employees who are away from work for more than 14 days are already experiencing financial difficulty. Quickly bringing the employee back to work in a modified duty capacity can help to alleviate financial pressure by providing continuation of wages, seniority, and company status.
When an employee is suffering from a job-related injury, you want to do everything you can to help them recover and return-to-work faster! The earlier an employee returns to work, the better, which is why having a program in place is so important.
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We are enjoying hosting Amanda. She is easy to approach, eager to learn and attentive to tasks assigned. Her duties as office clerk/administrative assistant remain the same. To date, Amanda has mastered the supply and ordering system, achieved competence with both of our primary data bases, and assumed receptionist duties. At present, she is ‘rearranging’ our Tutor Resource/Tips collection to provide for easier access by our volunteer tutors!
Amanda is very conscientious about communicating with us regarding her physical therapy and doctor appointments. She often has to arrange her schedule around those appointments, yet she manages to accomplish all assigned tasks. Again, we appreciate the opportunity to assist Amanda in her transitioning back to her normal work.
—Volunteer Coordinator, Literacy Program
Running a successful nonprofit organization can be challenging, which is why having volunteers is so important. Many of the volunteers in our program have played a vital role in completing projects that help the nonprofit share their mission and help the surrounding community. We love hearing that nonprofits like Opportunity to Read have been able to benefit from the volunteers in our Transition2Work program!
Congratulations to our new Transition2Work Team Leaders, Christine, Ari, and Katie. As part of our Transition2Work leadership team, each of the new Team Leaders will work closely with management to achieve service levels.
This new team was created to help us encourage innovation and collaboration within the Transition2Work team and continue to provide excellent customer service, in response to the high demand for our services.
In their new role, the Team Leaders are responsible for coaching and motivating a team of Placement Coordinators as they match injured workers with appropriate transitional work at nonprofit agencies seeking volunteers. They serve as a member and leader of their team, manage case load, respond to and resolve escalated claims issues, and ensure team goals are met or exceeded.
Inc. Magazine Ranks ReEmployAbility on Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies Two Consecutive YearsBy Ashley Suarino | August 19, 2015
The Inc. 500|5000 list, now in its 34th year, represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000. The 2015 list is ranked according to company’s revenue growth percentage, comparing fiscal years 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, have been founded and generating a minimum revenue of $100,000 in 2011, and $2 million in 2014.
According to Inc. Magazine, “The 2015 2015 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years.” The full list of 2015 honorees can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
We are pleased to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. again this year. We have seen exponential growth this year and expect that to continue. Our Transition2Work program and our partnership with over 28,000 nonprofits has played a central role in the continued success of our company. We are happy the program has such a high success rate. It has been a pleasure to work with employers and carriers who share our passion for making a difference in the community.
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