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Community Workforce Solutions Raising $50,000 for Training Kitchen

CWS is raising necessary funds for the initial equipment needed for a food service training kitchen. CWS has already raised $27,000 through a 50th anniversary event and a recent Casino Night fundraiser. Online donations can be
made to help CWS reach a minimum of $50,000 that is needed to help purchase commercial-grade kitchen equipment to start a food service training program to properly train and prepare individuals for competitive employment in the food industry.

CWS has a strong history of successfully placing and coaching ideal job candidates with disabilities or other employment barriers in various industries, including foods service. A food service training program has been identified as a needed area of focus to strengthen and prepare individuals for rewarding jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

“We are more than halfway to our fundraising goal, and we know we can go above and beyond with help from individual donors, business supporters, community funders and partners,” said Roger McGee, president and executive director of CWS. “We believe that we can place even more people each year with greater long-term success potential if we can provide them with directly transferrable skills.”

Adding a food service training program will enable CWS to train and support individuals seeking restaurant, catering and cafeteria jobs. In addition to job preparation, the program will also teach very important independent living skills, such as healthy meal prep, healthy eating habits and grocery shopping.

Interested donors can support this need through online giving by clicking the Donate Now button at the top of the page, or contact CWS.  


Project SEARCH Wake recently held its second information session for individuals interested in applying to the vocational training program that is scheduled to start in August 2016 in Wake County. Project SEARCH is a program that facilitates higher wage competitive employment for persons with significant disabilities. While Project SEARCH has been in operation since 1996 and has over 400 training sites nationally and internationally, Project SEARCH Wake will be the first site in Wake County and is currently in the process of identifying a host business site that will provide internship opportunities for young adults with disabilities. 

 “Host sites vary from hospitals to museums and the business benefits by creating a resource for filling positions and reducing turnover.  In addition,  it makes good business sense to hire persons with disabilities to mirror the customer base of one’s business as persons with disabilities and their families are a large customer base,”  said Julie Griffin, Vocational Services Director, Community Workforce Solutions. 

Project SEARCH Wake is seeking a host site.  If interested in becoming a host site please contact Julie Griffin at  

About Project SEARCH:

Project SEARCH, based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is a business-led, one-year work-preparation program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most participants are enrolled while transitioning from high school to work. The hallmark of Project SEARCH is total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training. Project SEARCH's primary objective is to secure competitive employment for every program participant. For more information, visit  Project SEARCH Wake is a collaborative effort between Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Workforce Solutions, Inc. and a host business site.  Technical assistance funding is provided by North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.  

Community Workforce Solutions Plans Casino Night Fundraiser to Raise Funds for Food Service Training Kitchen 

February 27, 2016

Marbles Kids Museum 6:00 - 10:00 PM

The evening will feature popular casino games, a buffet dinner, magician, and exciting raffles. Proceeds from this event will help CWS raise $50,000 for the purchase of equipment for a planned commercial-grade kitchen.  Adding a food service training program will enable CWS to support individuals seekingemployment in the restaurant and hospitality industry. This new kitchen will
also serve as a tool to incorporate life skills such as cooking and nutritious
eating into vocational training.

Tickets are $50.00 per person and include:

·       Buffet dinner catered by Caffé Luna

·       Photo Booth

·       Raffles

·       Magician

·       $200 in gambling play money

·       1 ticket for casino prizes

Cash Bar Available

Event and Raffle Tickets can be purchased by clicking the following link

Or stop by our Raleigh Office
Weekdays between 8:00 and 4:00
(Online purchases will include an additional processing fee)

 Thank you to our Event Sponsors & Supporters

BB&T Insurance Services

Batchelor Tillery & Roberts, LLC

The Sorin Group

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

LPL Financial

Strategic Pharma


Lew & Erika Starling

Anita and George Pinther


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