OCTOBER 15, 2021
Skookum Featured In Award-Winning Documentary Series, Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we are delighted to share some exciting news!
This past spring, several of our employees participated in filming an educational documentary, "Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid" hosted by the famed actor. This innovative series explores the latest topics impacting the world through educational and inspiring stories shared with public television stations nationwide, with the ultimate goal of driving social change.
Skookum can now announce the documentary and proudly share our footage after months of interviewing, scripting, filming, and editing. Tune in below to hear Skookum employees speak about our mission of "creating opportunities for people of all abilities" and the importance of veteran employment!
To learn more about the Viewpoint project and watch other segments, you can visit their website here: https://viewpointproject.com/
Veteran Employment Success
OCTOBER 1, 2021
Skookum named a 2021 Leading Disability Employer
Skookum has been named a 2021 Leading Disability Employer!
This award recognizes organizations that are leading the way in disability inclusion and tapping into the many benefits of hiring talent with disabilities- including high rates of productivity and dedication, and greater employee engagement across the workforce.
NEW YORK, NY – (September 30, 2021) – At the National Organization on Disability (NOD)’s Annual Forum, entitled “Disability Inclusion in the Next Normal”, sixty-seven companies were honored as 2021 NOD Leading Disability Employers. Now in its seventh year, the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal recognizes companies for measuring and achieving strong talent outcomes for people with disabilities. With this recognition, NOD endeavors to shine a light on those employers that are committed to building an inclusive workforce by adopting exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities.
“Congratulations to all the 2021 Leading Disability Employers for creating an inclusive and diverse workplace that allows people with disabilities to be successful,” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “NOD’s mission is to ensure that no ability is wasted, that all Americans, including those of us with disabilities, have an opportunity for enterprise, achievement, and earnings and that corporate America knows how to put our talents to work. These winning organizations have stepped up and are doing just that. We want to applaud their leadership and thank them for their commitment to hiring and retaining people with disabilities.”
SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
Skookum employee recognized by SourceAmerica "Day in the Life" Leveraging disabilities as abilities
Skookum employee Vinnie Brandt was featured in a spotlight story by SourceAmerica. Vinnie works at National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he monitors a computer that checks the air supply in every room in the building.
Like every person with a disability in the workforce, Vinnie Brandt has a story. The current chapter of his life finds him at the National Institute of Health -- a medical research agency where important discoveries are made that improve health and save lives. As a general maintenance staff member, Vinnie is making contributions that support the organization’s success.
Vinnie is employed by Skookum, a SourceAmerica® network nonprofit agency, to work the night shift at NIH. He monitors a computer that checks for air supply in every room in the building. The NIH facility houses research that is hypersensitive to temperature, which means Vinnie is always intensely focused on any change in the monitor. Vinnie has attention deficit disorder, which enhances his ability to focus on the variety of color changes that the monitor produces. His disability gives him the ability to perform his job correctly and efficiently.
AUGUST 3, 2021
Skookum awarded MaximoWorld 2021 Award for “Special Recognition, Best Partnership.”
From MaximoWorld 2021, InterPro Solutions, which offers the only suite of mobile solutions designed exclusively for IBM Maximo®, and longtime client Skookum, a nonprofit service provider, announced that they have jointly won a MaximoWorld 2021 Award for “Special Recognition, Best Partnership.” This honor was based on a peer review of how Skookum was able to leverage InterPro’s EZMaxMobile app to deliver compelling value to their clients.
MAY 10, 2021
Skookum featured on Fortune.com, highlighting the implementation of human capital management system
Skookum was featured in article highlighting the importance of technology and management systems for growing companies like Skookum. Skookum utilizes Workday in many aspects of business and we were pleased to partner with the Workday company for this article.
MARCH 19, 2021
Skookum awarded 2021 Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for food-service excellence.
The Skookum team at Naval Base Kitsap were the proud recipients of the competitive 2021 Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for the excellent food-service they provide to the Navy. The entire Skookum team is proud of these individuals for winning the award yet again, and even more proud to serve our military so well.
FEBRUARY 11, 2021
Skookum featured on Workday.com, highlighting how we utilize their technology to support the employment of people with disabilities
Workday wrote a case study on Skookum, showcasing how Skookum uses their products in so many aspects of our company. From time tracking to payroll to recruiting and more, Workday has streamlined many business processes so that more time and energy is spent on our customers and employees.
FEBRUARY 2, 2021
Skookum employee is guest speaker on VR Workforce Studio podcast
Skookum employee Brandon West shared his story about working with disabilities and equity and inclusion on VR Workforce Studio podcast.
“I’m very thankful for Skookum being a company that is here for people with disabilities, such as myself, so they can give me accommodations and reassurance and all this so I can do my best work.”
JANUARY 28, 2021
Skookum featured for success in hiring veterans and 'Maximizing the talents of a veteran workforce'
When veterans enter the workforce, they come equipped with a unique blend of skills and abilities that make them valuable to any workplace. Due to their time in service, they often have a keen eye for detail, are extremely committed to their jobs, and excel in teamwork. These talents are just some of the reasons why nonprofit agencies within the SourceAmerica® network successfully employ thousands of veterans across the United States.
Washington state is home to Skookum, an organization committed to successfully hiring veterans. In December 2020, the nonprofit received the Hire-A-Vet award for its work supporting and increasing employment opportunities for these individuals. In fact, 1/3 of Skookum’s workforce is comprised of veterans, and more than 300 of their employees are part of the AbilityOne® Program, one of the largest sources of employment for people who are blind or have significant disabilities in the United States.
Skookum has 26 AbilityOne contracts within multiple military bases across 12 states providing facility and supply chain management, vehicle maintenance, logistics and more. These distinctive positions and their locations on military bases are often a great fit for veterans entering the workforce, giving them a chance to connect and form bonds with officers.