In the Press

September 2017 – The following is an article published in the The Library Connection, a newsletter put out by the Tompkins County Public Library. It details a new program organized by TCPL and Challenge: 

Building on its award-winning partnership with Challenge Worforce Solutions, TCPL’s Information and Learning ServicesDepartment will expand services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities this fall with the addition of the Next
Chapter Book Club (NCBC).
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September 8, 2017 – The following article details Challenge’s partnership with Life’s So Sweet Chocolates in downtown Ithaca, and a statewide award given to the business because of that partnership: 

Challenge Workforce Solutions is proud to announce that Life’s So Sweet Chocolates has been chosen as a winner of a New York State “Works For Me” Award, which recognizes businesses that hire individuals with disabilities, as well as the contributions the individuals bring to the workplace.
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September 4, 2017 – Tompkins Weekly published this article from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, about the partnership between Challenge and the Hilton Garden Inn: 

The Hilton Garden Inn is a lively downtown building, home to office space, retail space, and a hotel all in one. A landmark for visitors, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Commons. Though its clientele is largely based in tourism, the hotel has a serious commitment to investing in our local community – its relationship with Challenge Workforce Solutions is a prime example. Read more...

May 5, 2017 – The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce published the following article about Challenge’s Annual Awards Event:

Challenge Workforce Solutions honored the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Ithaca as its Business Partner of the Year on Tuesday May 2nd, at the agency’s 49th Annual Awards Event. Challenge is a non-profit organization that is committed to creating pathways to employment for people with disabilities or barriers.
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April 3, 2017 – Tompkins Weekly wrote this profile of Green Fork, a company that works closely with Challenge:  

Across the country, the recipe box market is growing. And one local business – Green Fork NY – is looking to tap into that interest, with a focus on using products from the region to serve its customers.

Recipe box programs are subscription based, and deliver the ingredients and instructions for creating multiple meals right to your door. The programs are geared toward people and families with limited time for preparing meals but who still have a desire to have healthy and good food on their plates. Read more…

April 3, 2017 – Challenge was featured in this story about Ithaca’s Downtown Chili Cook-Off, and its many successes.  

When you visit the 19th Annual Great Downtown Chili Cook-Off, affectionately known as Chili Fest, you experience a wide variety of sights, sounds, smells, and most importantly, tastes. Listen for more…

 

March 31, 2017 – The Lansing Star Online details Challenge’s announcement about the sale of its Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub, as well as a new partnership with Old Chatham Creamery. 

Challenge Workforce Solutions has finalized an agreement with the Old Chatham Creamery of Genoa, New York, on a four-year lease and purchase of its Groton Food Hub facility. Read More…

 

February 24, 2017 – Executive Director Joe Sammons speaks with WENY – TV about the success of the 2017 Krispy Kreme Fundraiser: 

Challenge Workforce Solutions in Tompkins County held an extra sweet fundraiser. The non-profit held its 2nd annual Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser. They sold about 750 boxes of donuts this year, which is up from 330 last year.  They raised about $3,000. Read More…


February 24, 2017
News Talk WHCU reported on Challenge’s Krispy Kreme Fundraiser:

A local nonprofit is handing out some sweet treats to raise money and benefit all the people they serve in the community.

Challenge Workforce Solutions held its 2nd Annual Krispy Kreme Fundraiser in the month of February, selling doughnuts throughout the community for three weeks, and distributed them on February 24th. Read More…


January 30, 2017
Ithaca Times article highlights Challenge Board of Directors:

Challenge Workforce Solutions, a non-profit committed to creating pathways to employment for people with disabilities or barriers, has announced the members who will serve as its Board of Directors for 2017.

Challenge is pleased to announce that Beth Mielbrecht, Partner and Senior Engineer at Taitem Engineering in Ithaca, will serve as the Chairperson for the Board. Read More…


January 4, 2017
Syracuse New Times article on company known as Greenfork:

Challenge is mentioned through involvement with Food Hub: Meal boxes are packaged at the Finger Lakes Fresh food hub facility, in Groton. The food hub is a division of Challenge Workforce Solutions, a nonprofit, vocational organization that helps people with disabilities and barriers to employment meet the changing needs of the workplace. Read More…

 

 


December 26, 2016
– Spotlight on Challenge in Tompkins Weekly:

Non-profit organizations are plentiful throughout Tompkins County, and make a big impact in our communities. Despite their contributions, area non-profits can sometimes go unnoticed or unknown. In an effort to shine a spotlight on those who are making a difference in our county. This week we are highlighting Challenge Workforce Solutions, and asked Kim Pugliese, director of development for the non-profit, some questions about the organization. Read More