The Arc Otsego recently announced the Price Chopper supermarket in Cooperstown is one of four statewide recipients of The Arc New York’s 2021 Employer Recognition Award.
Price Chopper and The Arc Otsego have had a partnership since the store opened its doors in Cooperstown in 2010, according to a media release. Since then, “Price Chopper has consistently hired individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are supported by The Arc Otsego, as well as interns from OPWDD and ACCES-VR Community Work to gain work experience and complete community-based work assessments,” the release said.
On Thursday, July 29, Todd Hansen, CEO; Erin Seeley, director of employment services; and Faith Tiemann, director of community relations at The Arc Otsego, presented Price Chopper with the award during a virtual ceremony hosted by The Arc NY. “Price Chopper recognizes that all people can be valuable employees of an organization and will continue to work to get more people with differing abilities employment,” said Jamie Sargalis, staffing and development professional for Zone 1 for Price Chopper, who accepted the award on behalf of the Cooperstown store.
“Price Chopper is a model inclusive employer, working with our supported employment program to offer work experiences and employment opportunities for individuals we provide services to. They foster an inclusive work environment that provides employees with opportunities to learn and grow. Their employees take pride in what they do while serving their community and earning a paycheck. Employment at Price Chopper gives individuals a sense of purpose and self-worth,” Seeley said.