Improving The Lives Of Persons With Disabilities One Ramp At A Time

Here at PORTCO we seek to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.  One small improvement that will make a profound difference on the level of quality employment we offer to our employees took place this week.

For some time, we have wanted to replace a failing accessibility ramp that many of our employees use to access their work site at our Portsmouth headquarters.  The ramp was made of wood and showed noticeable areas of rot.  The old ramp design was narrow and outdated.  The instability of its integrity deemed this old ramp a danger to those who were brave enough to use it.

The PORTCO team was able to combine donations from you, our loyal supporters, with grant funds awarded by KOVAR, and a generous donation from STHIL to provide a new ramp.  With the help of Mobility 101, the old wooden ramp was removed and replaced with a shiny, new, safe accessibility ramp.  Now, individuals with mobility challenges can safely make their way to and from work at the main headquarters.  While the previous ramp was inadequate for some mobility devices, the new ramp boasts a wider space for improved access for more mobility devices.  The new ramp is made of durable metal, meaning it will last for many years – providing safe passage to and from work for many peoples with disabilities.

Thank you, 101 Mobility, STIHL, KOVAR, and our many charitable donors who continue to help PORTCO live out our mission to improve the lives of persons with disabilities!

New Accessibility Ramp After Renovation

New Accessibility Ramp After Renovation

Old Accessibility Ramp Before Renovation

Old Accessibility Ramp Before Renovation

Grounds Keeping Crew Members – NOVA

PORTCO, Inc. is seeking a qualified and motivated Grounds Keeping Crew Members for Federal and State Contracts in the Fauquier and Fairfax County areas. The applicant must be experienced in large scale, commercial lawn maintenance.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience with commercial lawn care, grounds keeping

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of commercial lawn maintenance procedures , including proper pruning techniques; cultivating; planting and seeding; landscaping and use of heavy and manual lawn equipment
    Compensation is commensurate with experience. Position is seasonal and flexibility is a must. Advancement opportunities and potential for growth are available.

Successful candidate must pass criminal background investigation
Candidate must be physically able to perform the essential duties
Qualified candidates, please visit our website at www.portco.org and complete an online application.
PORTCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Grounds Keeping and Janitorial Supervisor – NOVA

PORTCO, Inc. is seeking a qualified and motivated Grounds Keeping and Janitorial Supervisor for Federal and State Contracts in the Fauquier and Fairfax County areas. The applicant must be experienced in large scale, commercial lawn maintenance and commercial janitorial. Candidate will also be responsible for providing vocational support and training to individuals with varying disabilities. Driving of company vehicle to transport crew members is an essential function of this position.
Candidate must have a Valid Driver’s License with a good driving record.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience with commercial lawn care, grounds keeping and commercial janitorial
  • Experience in providing services to individuals with disabilities is a plus

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of commercial lawn maintenance procedures , including proper pruning techniques; cultivating; planting and seeding; landscaping and use of heavy and manual lawn equipment
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of commercial janitorial including floor care techniques
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively interpret and apply policies and procedures
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple duties
  • Ability to maintain detailed progress notes regarding contract and individuals with disabilities
  • Ability to obtain required certifications (CPR/First Aid, Crisis Prevention, etc)

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Position is part-time, but flexibility is a must. Advancement opportunities and potential for growth are available.
Successful candidate will be fingerprinted and must pass criminal background investigation.
Candidate must be physically able to perform the essential duties.

Qualified candidates, please visit our website at www.portco.org and complete an online application.
PORTCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Driver – Nova

PORTCO, Inc. is seeking a qualified and motivated Part –time Janitorial Crew Leader/Driver providing transportation for our employees that service Virginia State Contracts. The applicant must be experienced in commercial janitorial. Candidate will also be responsible for providing vocational support, training and transportation to individuals with varying disabilities.

Driving of agency vehicle is a mandatory requirement for this position. Applicant must have valid VA Driver’s License, a good driving record and clean criminal background. ONLY candidates that meet these requirements should apply.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience with commercial janitorial services, preferably in a supervisory capacity
  • Experience in providing services to individuals with disabilities is a plus
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license with good driving record

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of commercial janitorial procedures
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively interpret and apply policies and procedures
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple duties
  • Ability to maintain detailed progress notes regarding contract and individuals with disabilities
  • Ability to obtain required certifications

Work Schedule Monday Wednesday & Friday 7AM to 3PM

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Position is part-time and flexibility is a must. Advancement opportunities and potential for growth are available for the right candidate.

Successful candidate must pass criminal background investigation. Valid Driver’s License and good driving record are required.
Candidate must be physically able to perform the essential duties

PORTCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans and Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidate will be fingerprinted and must pass criminal background investigation.
Candidate must be physically able to perform the essential duties
PORTCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Qualified candidates, please visit our website at www.portco.org and complete an online application.

Meet The PORTCO Team: Athena “Nena” Gerhart – Volunteer Spotlight

PORTCO’s mission is no small feat.  In order to achieve the mission

to embrace diversity, erase barriers and bridge individuals with differing abilities to their communities through quality employment and training opportunities while providing exceptional services to our stakeholders

it takes a team of dedicated employees, a group of invested corporate and individual financial donors, and of course, an army of passionate volunteers.

Athena “Nena” Gerhart is one such volunteer.  As Nena had the pleasure of meeting many people with disabilities and hearing their stories of overcoming challenging obstacles, she became inspired.  Through these stories of inspiration, a flame was sparked in Nena to join the cause – assisting individuals with disabilities achieve their professional goals.

Like many of our volunteers at PORTCO, Nena divides her time between her career, and family, and volunteering.  She found the process simple and easy to apply to become a PORTCO volunteer – allowing flexibility as she manages her many roles.

Most recently, Nena volunteered with a painting project at PORTCO headquarters.  Nena, in conjunction with Water’s Edge Church, selected PORTCO as one of their projects during their Love Week 2018 event.  Several members of the Water’s Edge Church community linked arms and grabbed brushes to paint a breezeway at PORTCO headquarters.  Their efforts saved PORTCO hundreds of dollars and beautified a space that many will walk through.

Nena sees how PORTCO has taken steps to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities as well as their communities.  Her passion to see that every person be valued and included in society continues to fuel her flame of volunteerism.

If Nena’s story has encouraged you to donate your time, energy, or talents in support of PORTCO’s mission and vision, please apply to become a volunteer today!

PORTCO Now Accepting Vehicle Donations

Vehicle Donation imagePORTCO is pleased to announce that we will now be accepting vehicle donations!  Donating your car, truck, RV or boat is a great way to support PORTCO while getting the benefit of a tax deduction.  We make the process simple and the paperwork is quick and easy.  Free pick-up of your donated vehicle is included, which could save you time and money towing a vehicle you no longer wish to repair.  For more information on how you can turn your car donation into funds for PORTCO, contact Kate Powell, Director of Fundraising and Grants, at 757-297-0101 today!

 

PORTCO On The Hampton Roads Show

On July 23rd, PORTCO was the featured audience segment on The Hampton Roads Show.  Co-host, Chris Reckling, interviewed Mark Wilson, President & CEO of PORTCO, as well as Kate Powell, Director of Fundraising & Grants of PORTCO, representing the organization.  Several PORTCO employees also participated in the segment.

Mark Wilson highlighted the mission of PORTCO and how the public can get involved.  He encouraged viewers to support PORTCO through monetary donations as well as the weekly car washes.  Kate shared the great news about PORTCO’s recently awarded grant.

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from KOVAR, PORTCO will soon be expanding services offered for skill training and employment avenues for people with disabilities.  Presently PORTCO helps to secure job opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the following fields:  janitorial and custodial services, personnel and general administrative support services, base operations support, facilities operations and maintenance, systems and network applications support services, hospital and clinic housekeeping and aseptic services, food services, HVAC water testing and treatment programs, grounds maintenance, consolidated support services, packaging and kitting, supply management and warehousing, and transportation and shuttle services.

The recently awarded grant will allow PORTCO to branch into new types of services such as:  horticultural, and shredding services.

The grant monies will also fund accessibility improvements to PORTCO’s facilities as well as the introduction of art and reading programs to provide a more holistic set of services for our clients.

Continue following the PORTCO story as details regarding these new services unfold.

Meet The PORTCO Team: Millet Fadoul – Employee Spotlight

Millet Fadoul is an integral member on the PORTCO team.  His passion to help provide job opportunities for people with disabilities and see them succeed in their jobs has led him to several roles in the Hampton Roads community.  On the PORTCO team, Millet first worked to help provide job opportunities for people with disabilities.  By serving as the Director of Contracts, Mr. Fadoul supervises activities with PORTCO’s AbilityOne and independent contractors.  AbilityOne contracts are a critical chapter of the PORTCO story.  With roots back to 1938, the AbilityOne program offers the opportunity to award federal government contracts for goods and services to agencies that employ people with disabilities.  Across the country, this program has provided employment for thousands of people with disabilities for fair market value goods and services.  PORTCO has worked hard to earn many AbilityOne contracts both in Hampton Roads and across the U.S.

Presently, Millet is shifting from his role as Director of Contracts into a Program Specialist role.  In this new capacity, he will work to ensure greater success for the individuals with disabilities whom he has helped to provide employment opportunities.  Millet will create vocational training and support programs for both PORTCO employees and clients.  These training and support structures will further enhance the success of the employment partnership.

Millet’s passion for individuals with disabilities has not gone unnoticed.  Not only do we value his efforts on the PORTCO team, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) has also taken note.  Millet was recognized for his exemplary work and effort in employing high school students with disabilities to provide custodial services at the York County Beach during the summer.

After hours in the warm months you can find Millet hanging out with his family, and new puppy on the beach.  Once college football season starts you will find Millet cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Site Supervisor – Northern VA

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