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The theme for Friday, February 14th at Ohio Valley Goodwill was “Love your Legislator” day as the organization welcomed Representative Scott Lipps to its Lebanon satellite location for a comprehensive tour of its programs and services. Marketing Director, Sharon Hannon along with Greg Thorpe, Retail Team Leader, provided the Representative with an overview of the satellite setting; partnership with Warren County Board of DD as well as relationship to its corporate headquarters in the Tri-County area.
Representative Lipps was recently recognized by the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB) as “Legislator of the Year”. Representative Lipps received his award at the 36th Annual OACB Conference in Columbus, where he was celebrated for his successful endeavor in raising the wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) working in the DD industry.
The “Legislator of the Year Award” is presented to an elected or appointed official who exhibits high accomplishments in legislative leadership on behalf of Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. During the FY2020-21 state budget process, Representative Lipps was a vocal advocate for raising wages for DSP and coordinated efforts between Ohio Assembly members to put additional state funds behind the DSP wage increase. These efforts were instrumental in a $2 per hour wage increase that went above and beyond the originally introduced budget.
Ohio Valley Goodwill team members were pleased to introduce Representative Lipps to its Lebanon staff and participants as well as to commend him on his recent award from the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD. The organization’s relationship with the Warren County Board of DD and focus on helping people with disabilities to obtain employment in the Warren County community was discussed as well as overall, economic impact in the larger Cincinnati community.
The Representative seemed very interested in what he learned during his visit to the Goodwill Lebanon location and the organization was honored that he was able to make time to visit the site and find out more about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s 100+ year mission of putting people to work in the Greater Cincinnati community. The Representative will be cordially invited for a tour of the organization’s Employment and Training Center and corporate headquarters in June in order to provide a fuller understanding of Ohio Valley Goodwill’s overall operations.
For more information about Ohio Valley Goodwill and its services, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.