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.”