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Main Street Community Foundation awards grant to Printability

June 29, 2017

Business at Printability has gotten a generous boost from the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund and the Gnazzo/Reidy Charitable Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation, through a $3,000 grant to support new graphic design and printing equipment.

“Community partners like Main Street Community Foundation make our work possible, and the Printability staff is overjoyed to get working on better, more reliable and higher-quality equipment,” said Michelle Ouimette, managing director of Printability. “At Printability, we run a business in the name of preparing young people for the workforce in the most realistic and modern way. That means our equipment should reflect today’s world.”

The Plainville printing company is run by 17 young adults with disabilities—an immersive internship that prepares them for the realities of the workforce while teaching valuable skills. Printability clients include the Waterbury Symphony and Orchestra and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, YASBIZ, VinFen, ServPro, and many private walk-ins. As a result of equipment upgrades, Printability will improve business, work with more clients and provide even more relevant job training to the next generation of diverse employees.

“Community partners like Main Street Community Foundation make our work possible, and the Printability staff is overjoyed to get working on better, more reliable and higher-quality equipment,” said Michelle Ouimette, managing director of Printability. “At Printability, we run a business in the name of preparing young people for the workforce in the most realistic and modern way. That means our equipment should reflect today’s world.”

The business operates five days a week business provides printing and graphic design services that include logos, newsletters, flyers, invitations and much more. With guidance from dedicated staff, and access to AB’s vast educational resources for disability employment, interns become experts in printing and graphic design while learning the ins-and-outs of professionalism, quality customer service, competitive pricing, deadlines, and virtual conferences for consultation.

“We are proud to support Ability Beyond’s Printability program,” stated Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs at Main Street Community Foundation. “The Community Foundation’s volunteer Distribution Committee reviews all proposals, conducts site visits and makes funding recommendations to the Board of Directors. They were impressed with the quality of the program and the impact it has and will continue to have on young adults with disabilities.”

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