Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Volunteers of America Working Order Awarded Grant

Volunteers of America
1650 Main Street

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15215

Media Release

Tel: 412.782.5344

Fax: 412.782.5373


For Immediate Release
April 5, 2011


J. Patrick Serey
412.792.5344 x 212

Volunteers of America Receives Grant from FISA Foundation

Pittsburgh, PA – Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania’s Working Order Program has been awarded a grant of $25,000 by the FISA Foundation.

“The FISA Foundation grant is important to our organization,” says J. Patrick Serey, Chief Development & Marketing Officer and Vice President, Southwestern Region. “These grant funds will enable us to serve individuals with disabilities and disadvantages through Working Order, our small business incubator. Working Order supports entrepreneurship for individuals who find traditional work options to be difficult,” says Serey.

About Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania serves more than 26,000 people each year across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through 30 separate programs.

About the Working Order Program

Working Order is the only small business incubator in the United States designed to develop and support entrepreneurship as a best fit alternative employment option for individuals with disabilities and other disadvantages. Operating in Sharpsburg since its inception in 1996, the Working Order program is currently able to serve 60 – 75 small business owners at any given time with our individualized program model. The award-winning program staff provides business plan writing, financial literacy, branding strategies, marketing support, shared office resources, trial work opportunities, feasibility testing, and ongoing coaching. The program includes essential services of community mentors, business organizations and other entrepreneurial supports. No other entrepreneurial program offers as comprehensive and inclusive an approach to creating self-employment as an option for individuals with disabilities who want to continue to participate in the marketplace.

About FISA Foundation

The mission of FISA Foundation is to build a culture of respect and improve the quality of life for three populations in southwestern Pennsylvania: women, girls and people with disabilities. For nearly 100 years, FISA has been led by women and focused on responding to unmet community needs. Originally founded in 1911 by an organization that became known as the Federation of Independent School Alumnae to improve the lives of poor and working class women, the organization underwent a metamorphosis over the years. In 1956, to meet the needs of people with disabilities, the Federation converted its convalescent home into Harmarville Rehabilitation Center, which became recognized internationally for excellence and innovation. In 1996, Harmarville was sold, and the FISA Foundation was established to continue the charitable work of the Federation in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. Learn more about FISA at

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