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Creative Work Systems

Creative Work Systems
CROWDRISE : Apr 19, 2017
Tax ID: 01-0280723
BASED: Portland, ME, United States

CHARITY WEBSITE: www.creativeworksystems.org

A World Without Barriers

Creative Work Systems empowers people with disabilities to live, work, and contribute to their communities.

We seek to expand opportunities for people with disabilities to ensure that all individuals have the means to pursue their potential, contribute to their communities, and be treated with dignity and respect.

 

We understand that all individuals have valuable contributions to make to each other and to society. By combining this understanding with a standard of excellence throughout all Creative Work Systems programs, we can make a positive and significant difference both for the individual and for the community.

 

In 1967, Marcel and Lois Houle, frustrated by the lack of educational opportunities for their child with a disability, took action. After recruiting local families in similar circumstances, the Houles converted their Saco home into a school—the first step in their lifelong endeavor to ensure a good education and equal treatment for children with disabilities. Originally known as the York-Cumberland County Association of Handicapped Persons, the organization gradually shifted from serving children to serving adults, and grew to include offices in Portland and Auburn. The name would change to Creative Work Systems, yet the organization’s vision of equality and the grassroots spirit on which it was founded would remain.

 

Ever since the Houles’ initial efforts to dismantle cultural barriers, Creative Work Systems has been a leader. We were one of first organizations in the country to develop a social enterprise model that provides engaging and dignified ways for individuals with disabilities to increase their financial freedom, self-respect and independence, and we have never wavered from that commitment.

 

Today, through services in Residential, Independent Living, Employment, Brain Injury, and Community Day programs as well as Community Case Management, Creative Work Systems serves hundreds of people with disabilities each year. And with programs such as YES Art Works, Cultivation Works, Maine Woodworks, and our latest venture, Culinary Works, we continue to explore the most innovative applications of the social enterprise model in order to support and inspire people with disabilities at home, at work, and in the community.

Tax ID: 01-0280723 • www.creativeworksystems.org

Fundraisers

Allison Ave: Creative Creations

Allison Ave: Creative Creati…

Amount Raised:

$15

The Money-Making Mavens

The Money-Making Mavens

Amount Raised:

$0

A-Gust-A Clean Air (26/33 Creative Way)

A-Gust-A Clean Air (26/33 Cr…

Amount Raised:

$1,200

 

120% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Arbor View Aviators

The Arbor View Aviators

Amount Raised:

$615

 

123% Raised of $500 Goal

Born Legends

Born Legends

Amount Raised:

$490

 

98% Raised of $500 Goal

The Dream Team

The Dream Team

Amount Raised:

$1,064

 

106% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Dreams from the Hardt

Dreams from the Hardt

Amount Raised:

$150

 

15% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Fenderson Walk N' Rollers

The Fenderson Walk N' R…

Amount Raised:

$300

 

86% Raised of $350 Goal

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Events

2017 CWS Walk-n-Roll

2017 CWS Walk-n-Roll

Amount:

$6,234

 

125% Raised of $5,000 Goal