Students in The Midland School’s transition class program (designed for job training and career preparation) took a special trip to visit horses at the Mylestone Equine Rescue in Phillipsburg, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe haven for neglected and abused horses. The stable is a work site for Midland students who want to learn how to care for horses.
During the visit, the students presented Mylestone with a donation of $60 they raised selling greeting cards. “We have done this for the past 8 years and it is always a great experience,” says Mrs. Serrano, Midland’s transition teacher. “The students enjoy interacting with the animals and are proud to make a difference in the community.”
To learn more, visit: http://www.mylestone.org/
On May 16, The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation (AFCUF) came to Midland to pay more than just a visit – they granted Midland with a gift of $6,000! Dr. Lauretta Farrell, Executive Director of AFCUF, came to Midland to present the check to Mr. Shawn McInerney, Midland’s President and CEO.
“I know I speak for all of us at Midland when I say we are so thankful for the support of Affinity and the wonderful people there that make what we do here possible,” says Mr. McInerney. In addition to their generous financial support, Affinity has also given Midland students the opportunity to set up a weekly summer farm stand and sell locally-grown produce at their Basking Ridge headquarters for the past 14 years.”
“Farm Fresh Thursdays” as it’s fondly referred to, gives Midland’s older students the opportunity to operate a produce business and everything that goes along with it—helping customers, interacting with the public, and enhancing their money skills.
“Our students look forward to the experience each week and develop vital skills they’ll need to obtain competitive employment such as how to interact with customers, bag groceries, display merchandise, and navigate a corporate environment,” adds Mr. McInerney. “We cannot thank Affinity enough for their continued partnership and investment in the Midland mission. Affinity is a truly outstanding and caring organization.”
About The Affinity Federal Credit Union
The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Affinity Federal Credit Union and our members. Together, we leverage our contributions to make impactful investments in local, grassroots charitable organizations, with a special focus on improving the financial lives of our members, friends and neighbors in the communities we serve. Along with our volunteer efforts, together we are working to “Create Something Better.”
See more at: https://www.affinityfcu.com/foundation
The Midland School and Midland Adult Services, Inc. (MAS) are proud to announce that staff members received recognition for their outstanding service to Midland for 2017 through colleague-nominated awards. “Midland is fortunate to have so many well-seasoned, highly skilled staff members with a remarkable commitment to Midland’s mission,” says Midland’s President & CEO, Mr. Shawn McInerney. “This recognition is peer-driven and is highly reflective of our School’s learning environment, quality of instruction and related services that take place every day at Midland.”
On April 28, The Midland School, Midland Adult Services (MAS) and The Midland Foundation hosted the first annual “Midland Volunteer and Community Partner Recognition Ceremony” to honor 5 deserving individuals, organizations and corporations who embody the principles of Midland through volunteerism, philanthropy, and collaboration.
The 2017 Public Sector Representative of the Year award was presented to Kelly Galligan of the Mount Olive Township School District for embodying innovation, collaboration, and success in partnership with the Midland community, resulting in the enhancement in the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Mount Olive team facilitates positive and meaningful relationships with parents to support the Midland program.
The 2017 Community Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Tom Armstrong for making a significant, positive impact to the Midland community through volunteerism. For more than a decade, he has mentored Jason, a Midland group home resident through a shared love of bicycles and refurbishing them to give back to the community.
The 2017 Employment Partner of the Year award was presented to The Olive Garden and the Bridgewater, NJ team for providing training, employment, advancement, and community inclusion to Midland students and graduates. Olive Garden employees Midland graduates across the state and hosts a yearly Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) to promote career development for students and jobseekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and on-site job shadowing opportunities.
The 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year award was presented to PVH Corp. for advancing the Midland mission through valued partnerships in employment, volunteerism and philanthropy. PVH directly helps students through volunteering at the Midland campus, sponsoring and hosting events that raise funds for our programs, employing Midland graduates, and serving as a job-training site for our soon-to-be graduates.
The 2017 Heart of Midland award was presented to Midland School alumna and current Patricia Murphy Work Center employee, Barbara Toland for embodying the principles of Midland – positive outlook, integrity, collaboration and support to co-workers. Her highly ethical behavior and upbeat personality makes her a valued member of the Midland family and a role model for all.
“It was so important to recognize these 5 individuals and groups who go far beyond the call of duty to advance the Midland mission through volunteerism, employment, and an active engagement in the Midland community,” said Midland’s President and CEO, Shawn McInerney. “Here at Midland we are fortunate to derive incredible value and benefit from our volunteer network and our community partners. We are consistently amazed by the wide array of volunteers, organizations and corporations who are so generous with their gift of time and resources. Frankly, we could not fulfill our mission without the support of these individuals and organizations.”