Supporting jobs with purpose. It's not just an idea; it's our mission. We work to help people with disabilities find meaningful employment. Since 1965, we've helped countless individuals find jobs with purpose, and their stories are what continue to motivate us each and every day.
Take a look at some of these stories below from employers, ECVC employees and the individuals who have been places to learn more about why ECVC is so essential to our community.
Vonzetta May has always gone above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to her role as materials/inventory manager. Though she has only been in the role for a short period of time, she has been a great example for the team. She has fully embraced the challenges that have come along with her job and has improved this area of ECVC for the better in just a short amount of time. Vonzetta has been a team player since day one and always offers to lend a helping hand whenever someone is in need. In 2018, Vonzetta received the Meritorious Service Award for her dedication to ECVC and our core values.
Jamelle Everett has been a great asset to the framing department for the last two years as a Material Handler. His hard work and attendance shines through on every project he touches. He is always willing and eager to help whenever and however he can. Jamelle is always open to feedback and strives very hard to make sure his work is done correctly. Jamelle was one of several candidates to receive the 2018 Meritorious Service Award by ECVC's Foundation Board. We are so thankful for all he does.
Penny Hines has been operating the ECVC Frame Shop for almost eight years. Her attention to detail and ability to see the unique details of a job really help make each frame a work of art. She keeps a positive attitude, is a self-starter and always has a smile on her face. Penny received the Meritorious Service Award in 2014 for always willing to expand her talents and looks for different opportunities to learn and grow her craft.
"I love working with the customers and helping them make their pictures come to life. You can really change the way a picture looks just by the frame you put around it and I really, really enjoy helping each and every customer." - Penny Hines
Quashawn has been a team member at ECVC for over three years. In 2016, he was a recipient of a Foundation Meritorious Service Award for his work with us. Quashawn is a true team player and will fill-in wherever there is a need to help get the job done. He always sets an example for his fellow coworkers with his outstanding work ethic, a positive spirit and his no-complaints attitude. We have seen him grow in his role over the years and everyone really enjoys his team leadership and dedication to the job. In his spare time, Quashawn is an avid lover of all things sports and enjoys watching movies and playing video games.
With a 24 year career here at ECVC, it's clear to see that Milton is one of our devoted, long-time employees. Over the years, Milton has worked in many different positions here at ECVC and shines in every role he has ever filled. Outside of work, Milton enjoys riding motorcycles and spending quality time with his family.
"I enjoy working with people with disabilities and helping them to grow to be even better when they leave here and find their own place in the workforce" - Milton Clemmons
Ron has been a long time employee of ECVC. His work and commitment to ECVC is a testament to the organization's ability to find work that suits everyone; and that when people find the right job for them in the right environment, it can change their entire life.
Each year we work with individuals just like Antonio to provide not only job placement, but job training to help prepare people with disabilities for the workforce. In doing so, we are helping to support Jobs with Purpose which will benefit both the employer and employee.
Jorge has been a valuable team member for over five years. There is never any question about Jorge's dedication to our team. He loves to stay busy and completes projects with plenty of time to spare. It is well known that he doesn't like to leave anything unfinished for the next day and will work hard to get all of his tasks done before the end of each shift. Jorge is a loving father to his daughters and is also currently enrolled as a student at East Carolina University and finishing his degree. We are truly thankful for team members like Jorge! He is a great role model to all of our employees.
Gail enjoys her role at ECVC because it allows her to interact with employees on every level throughout the organization. In 2015, Gail received the ECVC Foundation Morris Brody Award of Excellence for her dedication to her work and the organization. While not at work, Gail enjoys spending time supporting her kids at various school and sporting events!
"Mostly, I enjoy being a part of an organization that is making an impact in my community. I get the chance to work with some amazing people who are not looking to make excuses, just to make a better way for themselves." - Gail Perkins