“Working with Challenge gives our students a chance to be in a leadership role. From the Challenge end, it’s an opportunity to do some meaningful work and be a part of a team, and develop skills that come from that.”

Todd McLane, who has hosted students from Challenge’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Todd McLane

Farm Director , TC3

“Throughout our partnership with Challenge, their staff has been attentive to our needs and has provided quality service. We have a unique, high traffic space and Challenge has always been flexible and cooperative in order to keep the Sciencenter clean and welcoming for our guests. We are proud to support another local business that serves our community.”

Mike Napierski

Facilities manager, Sciencenter

“Challenge gives lots of guidance. They always give me plenty of support.”

Conner H.

who successfully obtained full-time employment<br /> at the Cornell Dairy Bar, thanks to Challenge

“Working with Challenge is a pleasure, and it’s an extremely rewarding opportunity. It benefits the housekeeping staff. They’re happy to see the extra sets of hands that come through the doors. It makes a busy day a little less on our housekeepers.”

Teri Tarshus

General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca

“It was a really great thing. It was great because it helped my staff during the summer time when we are really busy. I thought it was great for my staff to participate, and they’ve gained from that in an empathetic way.”

Heather welcomed two students in Challenge’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Heather Lane

Owner, Purity Ice Cream

“I think it’s a great program that Challenge is running, and we try and be as helpful and accommodating with it as possible. They’re providing a service. We’re providing a service. I found it was a perfect match.”

Adam Zonder

Production Manager, Hangar Theatre

“I think Challenge is very helpful. They make learning a new job easier.”

Kelley S.

Who has gained work experience at employers<br /> including the Museum of the Earth, thanks to support from Challenge staff

“Challenge is very helpful, and they really taught me a lot.”

Rebecka M.

Work experience, Cayuga Medical Center with the help ofChallenge staff

“I’ve been fortunate to have Challenge as a partner in finding good candidates for our diverse setting.”

Marcus Crandall

General Manager, Maguire Family of Dealerships

“Certainly, dish room operations are critical for any dining or restaurant operation, and to have our managers and chefs not have to focus on that piece of it, from staffing to supervision, and even from the quality of the work and the cleanliness, is a big, big support.”

Jeff Scott

Director, Sodexo Dining at Ithaca College

“Challenge offers so much support and encouragement, and they have so many services and resources. Any goals that you set for yourself, they will help you achieve.”

Ioanna V.

HR Associate, Challenge

“Challenge has become a go-to resource to find motivated and reliable staff members.”

Ilana Bobroff

General Manager, Country Inn & Suites and Econo Lodge, Ithaca

“We couldn’t do this without Challenge.”

Anton Burkett

Co-Founder, Green Fork

“It was a really great thing. It was great because it helped my staff during the summer time when we are really busy. I thought it was great for my staff to participate, and they’ve gained from that in an empathetic way.”

Heather Lane

Owner, Purity Ice Cream, who welcomed two students in Challenge’s Summer
Youth Employment Program

“It’s been a great experience for us as an employer in the Ithaca area. Working with Challenge has been a great opportunity.”

Joanna Finlay

HR Director, Therm Incorporated

“I’ve been here for 14 years. Thanks to Challenge, this is the first time that we’ve had zero turnover in our dish room.”

Mike Washburn

Executive Chef, Wegmans