Our Mission: To drive up employment for people with disabilities, including Veterans.
The Sierra Group Foundation - Questions? Call 888.492.2402
Sierra Group Foundation
The Sierra Group Foundation is a Pennsylvania based 501 c 3 non-profit engaged in activities involving disability and employment. With a mission of 'driving up employment and independence for American's with Disabilities, including Veterans, this mission leads all of our efforts!
The History and Passion Behind The Sierra Group Foundation
In 2002 Janet D. Fiore and Michael G. Fiore formed and funded The Workplace Technology Foundation, d/b/a The Sierra Group Foundation.
The Fiores (owners of The Sierra Group, Inc.) did so as a way to “give back” by sharing their accumulated industry related knowledge, and their vast connections in the business community which they had developed over the years of working as a vendor to Vocational Rehabilitaion Agencies, LTD Carriers, Schools and Businesses.
The Fiores became involved with Assistive Technology (AT) in 1992 as one of the first AT Vendors to serve the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Their work with AT for consumers in the workplace quickly expanded to include business consulting for worksite accommodations and ADA compliance issues, taking their practice to a national client base.
Read the full history The History and Passion Behind The Sierra Group Foundation – PDF
Four programs of The Sierra Group Foundation:
- National Job Board – www.recruitdisability.org
- Philadelphia based training school – www.thesierragroupacademy.org
- National Resource for Financial Incentives – www.employmentincentives.org
- One More Way – www.onemoreway.org
What does competitive employment for people with disabilities look like to you?
Recognizing that leadership is required to build the connections between job seekers and employers, The Sierra Group Foundation works to build collaborative solutions that are designed to reverse the high rate of unemployment for people with disabilities. Foundation programs include: The Sierra Group Academy; The One More Way Collaborative; EmploymentIncentives.org and RecruitDisability.org.
Additionally, we realized that the concept of 'micro-grants' for individual job seekers with disabilities can sometimes serve as the missing bridge in order to leverage varied resources and opportunities. As a result, we formed The Workplace Technology Foundation, d/b/a The Sierra Group Foundation, a PA 501 c-3 non-profit organization, based of out King of Prussia, PA.
Public/Pvt. Partnerships at Work! PA OVR & RecruitDisability.org Job Fair Making News
On March 6, 2014, The Sierra Group's RecruitDisabiity.org Job Board was Proud to Partner with Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabiitation's Philadelphia Office to offer a Job Fair for People with Disabilities
The Sierra Group's RecruitDisability program is proud to be a SPONSOR of the National ILG Conference!
EASY How To for Job Seekers & Recruiters
Councilman David Oh Inspires Job-Seekers at The Academy
Councilman At-large, David Oh motivated students at The Academy at Liberty Resources with a visit on Wednesday, March 21st. From humble beginnings in the Cobb Creek section of Philadelphia, Councilman Oh shared how he was inspired to start his own law practice and, ultimately, serve the people of Philadelphia. “It was tough, but my father instilled in me the values of persaverence and dedication,” said Councilman Oh.
Read more and see photos of Councilman Oh's visit at Liberty Academy.
In conjunction with Disability Mentoring Day, The Academy had representatives at The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work event in October. For the first time, this event honored companies that hired people with disabilities.
Welcome to The Sierra Group Foundation 2014 Annual AppealDear Friends
"Exhilarating and transformative!" are the words Janet Fiore, Chairman of the Board uses to describe the progress of The Sierra Group Foundation in 2012. "We are excelling at our mission to drive up employment for people with disabilities, including Veterans!" This year, we continued our past programs while also acquiring a bricks and mortar training school located in Center City Philadelphia!
Our new program, The Academy at Liberty Resources, is a training school for adults with disabilities that capitalizes on the right combination of skills training, assistive technology and employer connections to make our job seekers competitive in today’s marketplace. Here are some highlights! Since July we have:
- Placed five students at five different regional employers
- Received in-kind support/donations from organizations including: Starbucks, Modell’s, The Philadelphia Business Journal & Stepware.com
- Hosted successful "Disability Mentoring Day" with 20 businesses and 45 students
- Hosted "Agency Referral Day" with 22 Agencies and Senator Casey’s staff
- Created "Team Academy" to run/walk/wheel in the 2011/12/13 Philadelphia Marathons
Your tax-deductible gift can help us continue our work, for example: $50 can buy an assistive keyboard while $1000 can furnish a fully accessible computer.
One More Way
One More Way remains this country’s largest and only fee free web portal bringing together people with disabilities, agencies providing services, and hiring managers in a million member strong collaboration to drive up employment. These efforts have led to 614 referrals overall including 186 veteran referrals. And the One More Way collaborative has gone further in the past year providing 10 educational teleseminars reaching over 7,000 individuals on topics like "Accessibility Recruiting."
Your tax-deductible gift can help us continue our work, for example: $500 will sponsor a Teleseminar.
Employment Incentives Web Portal
Employment Incentives Web Portal serves as a uniquely useful portal for businesses that hire or retain employees with disabilities. It collects in one business friendly location practical information about Federal and State (currently covering 33 states in the District of Columbia) hiring incentives and programs aimed at employing people with disabilities. In the past 12 months, this site has had over 1.2 million visitors. Since its inception, the businesses that have used our Employment Incentives web portal have reported that they secured over $7,100 in various Federal and State tax credits, deductions, and training offsets that they would have not otherwise known about.
Your tax-deductible gift can help us continue our work, for example: $2500 will allow us to add and maintain information for another state.
And there is much more: 48 presentations at national and regional forums including extensive collaborations with state vocational rehabilitation programs; outreach and lobbying at all levels of government including Washington DC, Dover, DE, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia. In fact, Board President Janet Fiore was the recent recipient of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission Access Achievement Award. We are connecting the dots nationwide driving up employment for the largest group of unemployed Americans!
At The Sierra Group Foundation, we are excited by the highly leveraged possibilities presented by our expanding array of programs targeted at driving up employment among people with disabilities. Please join us in this important cause today with your significant gift, payable to The Sierra Group Foundation or online.
Our United Way donor number is 49659.
Thank you for your consideration.
CEO of The Sierra Group Foundation
588 N. Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
The Sierra Group Foundation, proud partner with RecruitMilitary,
the nation’s largest military- civilian recruiting firm,
invite all veterans with disabilities
to a special Veteran’s Day Job Fair in Philadelphia.
RecruitMilitary Career Fair
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Lincoln Financial Field
11:00am – 3:00pm
Bring plenty of resumes!
Veterans Register Now
Thanks to the ongoing support and partnership with www.recruitmilitary.com, The Sierra Group Foundation continues to reach hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans through Teleseminars, collaborative solution development and job matches.
Take advantage of our partnership!
Attend the Career Fair Thurs. Nov. 11, 2010 – 11 am – 3pm
Together, we are driving up employment for Americans with disabilities, including Veterans!
For more information visit us at www.thesierragroupfoundation.org, or call 888-492-2402
GIFT WILL HELP SIERRA GROUP FOUNDATION FIND JOBS FOR VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES
The Sierra Group Foundation has announced that in 2010 it will reach out to job-seeking veterans with disabilities via a holiday gift from the military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary, LLC. The Sierra Group Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to cut the high unemployment rate of people with disabilities.
Read the full press release in PDF format. 59 K (opens in a new browser window)
The Sierra Group Inc. and Liberty Resources Academy host Breakfast at The Pyramid Club - Continue Achieving Your 2010 Disability & Diversity goals!
Hosted by: The Sierra Group & Liberty Resources Academy
DATE: October 12, 2010
TIME: 8:00AM - 9:30AM
LOCATION: The Pyramid Club
1735 Market Sreet, 52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2921
Janet Fiore, CEO. The Sierra Group and Bruce Sham, Vice President Sales, MassMutual Financial Group
- Recruiting, hiring and accommodating people with disabilities
- Finding and sharing regional job seekers and regional job openings
- Access to interns and candidates will be provided by The Sierra Group, and by Lynne Maleeff, Liberty Resources Academy.
Please join us for this breakfast forum on October 12. "Together we can drive up employment for Americans with Disabilities, including Veterans."
Call to register: 888.492.2402.
The Sierra Group Foundation hosts a year end Disability and Diversity Breakfast
Dec. 8th, 2009 - 17 regional leaders came together today as The Sierra Group Foundation hosted a year end Disability and Diversity breakfast at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia, PA. This event was the culmination of our 6 month grant participation with the PA BLN, and ended the year with new opportunities for specific job seekers, while gaining future commitments from business participants!
Specifically, disabled veteran candidates as well as job seeking adults with disabilities from Liberty Resources Academy were 'profiled' before our audience that included 15 regional business leaders who have joined the PA BLN during 2009. "By taking a collaborative approach to sharing resumes, and sharing business connections, the participants all left with new found energy and connections. Together, we will drive up employment for Americans with disabilities, including veterans" said Janet Fiore, Chairman of the Foundation.
In addition to gaining some new information and strategic resources, the format for the Breakfast Forum is one that allows our guests to realize just how connected they are to other business leaders in our region. New PA BLN member, Bruce Sham, VP, MassMutual First Financial Group said "this was the best disability and employment meeting we've ever had". And, due to the passion and heart for the cause exhibited by each new BLN member attendee, the room literally came to life as our guests began to brainstorm and give direct 'leads' for jobs, job shadowing or internships for the 5 job seekers with disabilities who were featured.
Our collaboration with the Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network since July of this year has yielded 270 New business training interactions, 20 job seeker referrals for mentoring or interview and 25 willing to commit to action Participants of this year end meeting have indicated a desire to attend 4 similar meetings in 2010 and the desire to participate actively in a 'Breakfast Forum' collaborative LinkedIn group. "Training topics and ideas for job seekers will abound if funding to continue this and other outreach activities continues during 2010", said Janet Fiore, CEO, The Sierra Group Foundation. She continued to state that "Combining this outreach with our Foundation's collaborative mission has proved once again that the power of one is leveraged when one works together with others".
EXPANDING AND STRENGTHENING BUSINESS COLLABORATIONS:
THE SIERRA GROUP FOUNDATION AND THE PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS LEADERSHIP NETWORK WORKING TOGETHER!
The Sierra Group Foundation is excited to announce our collaboration with The Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network (PA BLN). The over-all goal of this partnership is to build relationships with Pennsylvania businesses including small and mid-sized companies, accountants, and lawyers to spread the word and provide education regarding the benefits of hiring and/or increasing employment of people with disabilities including veterans.
Additionally, given The Sierra Group's expertise in the areas of accommodation, financial incentives, and workforce compliance issues, this collaboration will allow for the strengths of BOTH the PA BLN and The Sierra Group to reach more professionals in the state. Our anticipated outcomes will make connections that lead to more recruiting and retention of job seekers with disabilities.
The PA BLN will benefit by expanding their membership through the seminars, career fairs, presentations, and Breakfast meetings, hosted by The Sierra Group Foundation for all newly invited/identified members of the PA BLN.
About The Sierra Group: The Sierra Group, Inc. is a national consultancy with a mission of reversing the high unemployment rate for people with disabilities in America. The Sierra Group offers an array of recruiting, consultation and training services designed to assist corporations in their: "bring to work, stay at work and return to work” efforts. Focusing on diverse hiring, retention and accommodation practices, Sierra Group has three divisions: Candidate Sourcing, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Workforce Strategy, thereby serving needs of businesses, job seekers and their service providers across the nation. www.thesierragroup.com; www.onemoreway.org.
About the Pennsylvania Business Network (PA BLN): The Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network (BLN) is a statewide, employer-driven program designed for business leaders to promote hiring practices that enable qualified people with disabilities to enter and succeed in the workplace. The Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network offers employers:
- access to pertinent disability hiring information
- a network of employers who share information on common disability employment issues
- exposure to qualified job applicants with disabilities
- opportunities to provide training and work experience for job seekers with disabilities
- improved access to customers with disabilities
Business Leadership Networks have been established in many states as part of a national initiative started by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
This project is being conducted, in part, with funding from the PA Department of Public Welfare, CMS Medicaid Infrastructure Grant CFDA 93.768.
UPCOMING opportunities MS Word Document 67K
Download the free Word Viewer
Sierra Foundation Board Member Jeff Horner, of Candidate Sourcing Partner United Collection Bureau, Inc. (UCB, Inc.), recognized as a leader and "Difference Maker” in his industry, by their national trade publication!
The trade magazine Collections & Credit Risk, has a 15-year tradition of honoring outstanding industry performers. In their October/November 2009 issue, they presented their "Leading Lights: Industry Champions" to recognize individuals who have fought to improve Barefield in a meaningful way.
Sierra Foundation board member Jeff Horner, of UCB, Inc., a Sierra Group Candidate Sourcing Partner, was recognized as one of these "Leading Lights." UCB, Inc. recently received recognition as "Ohio Employer of the Year" for their work in hiring people with disabilities.
One More Way - Tour: 10 Cities, 10 Weeks to Drive up Employment!
Foundation Board Chair, Janet Fiore, congratulates Vickie Peirano Thompson on becoming the state of Ohio, One More Way Business Ambassador. Photo taken on Sept. 25, 2008 at the launch of the Ten City tour to Drive up Employment for Americans with Disabilities.
Vickie Peirano-Thompson is the Columbus Branch Manager, UCB, Inc. Vickie's company proactively recruits and hires people with disabilities.
For more information or to become a member of this open sourced collaborative, visit www.onemoreway.org.
Connecting the Need and the Resource
One major challenge involves identifying the population with disability. "Disability" refers to an individual's capacity to function within a given social and environmental context. An illness or injury may result in disability for one activity but not another, or for one occupation but not another. The complexity of the term has given rise to various definitions and indicators, and there is no current accepted gold standard for counting the population with disability. While the U.S. Census estimate offers a broad overview to the extent of limitation and disability across the nation; nationally representative, well-designed surveys and studies have produced differing but equally credible estimates.
A related challenge involves projecting the number of people who will have a disability and need support in coming decades. Such projections involve debates among experts about the extent to which life expectancy will rise, and whether the risks of developing and recovering from a disability are increasing or decreasing. Over the last few decades, disability appears to have diminished among older people; but it is not clear whether younger people have experienced a similar improvement. At this time, reasons for the decline in disability are not clear, adding to the difficulty in forecasting trends.
50 million Americans
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, nearly 50 million Americans or one of every five people ages 5 and older, have a disability. That number is expected to grow over the next 25 years as the U.S. baby-boom generation enters the ages most prone to disabling injuries and illnesses. Participation in society to the fullest extent possible by people with disabilities, whether young or old, veteran or civilian, has been a goal of U.S. policies and programs. Translating this aim into reality requires confronting a series of challenges. We estimate that Federal and State budgets support over 15,000 programs designed to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment. Despite this massive investment, the unemployment rate of people with disabilities is still estimated to be over 50%.
What we do
The Foundation has been established as a 501C(3) non-profit organization that invests our resources in three areas. They are:
- Establishing sustainable forums and tools that connect people to existing resources. All too often the systems designed to save a job for a person with a disability are complicated to navigate. The Foundation seeks to deploy tools and training that allow for easier access to the funded infrastructure already in place.
- Supporting relevant research on accessible technology in the workplace and supporting high levels of professional standards and credentials. Accessing reliable information and consistent advice lies at the center of every sustainable business process. The Foundation seeks to share best practice ideas that can transform the recruiting and hiring process allowing more qualified candidates with disabilities to secure competitive employment.
- Providing grants to support job-seekers with disabilities in securing the tools they need to secure competitive employment. Transportation, wardrobe, and adaptive technology costs can sometimes stand in the way of a person realizing an opportunity that they are qualified to accept. The Foundation seeks to provide resources to help eliminate these obstacles so that qualified people can succeed in employment
In building the One More Way search engine, we've launched the world's first comprehensive disability, incentive, and employment search tool. Rather than searching the entire web, One More Way yields search results that speak directly to your employment, accommodation, and diversity needs. Based on Google's Co-Op Search technology, the One More Way search engine is the new tool that needs to be included in every diversity toolkit.
Making a difference
100,000 hits per month!
The Sierra Group Foundation and its major funding partner, The Sierra Group have created employmentincentives.com as an informational tool to assist employers in recognizing the scope and value of various employment incentive programs. The Sierra Group is a national consultancy offering solutions in the areas of Accessibility, Compliance, and Diversity.
Do you have an interesting point of view that can benefit our 100,000 monthly visitors? If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking to add valuable content to this project. If you want to write about disability and law, employment, discrimination, hiring trends, services, employee morale issues, training tactics, risk management, or any other topic related to the theme of the project, let us know.
The Sierra Group Foundation's 2007 Annual Report
The Sierra Group Foundation is pleased to release our 2007 Annual Report. PDF - 256 K The report is followed by a cover letter from the Foundation's Executive Director, Michael Fiore). 2007 was a year of growth and change as new programs were introduced and the Board expanded its roster. Feel free to call our office to request materials in alternative format. Also Learn about our Board members.
Some of the items on this site are available in Adobe PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to read the files. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download a copy of Adobe Reader from the Adobe web site.
You can download the documents to your hard drive by right clicking on the file name and choosing "save target as" from the menu. Go to our accessibility page to find out more information on the accessibility features of this site. PDF documents will open in a new browser window.
INTERESTED? Please contact The Sierra Group via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 1.888.492.2402.