CVWD Begins New Partnership to Employ Adults with Disabilties

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The Cucamonga Valley Water District is embarking on a first-time partnership with OPARC starting in November 2018. OPARC is a non-profit organization that facilitates meaningful employment opportunities for adults with disabilities in Southern California. The partnership with CVWD will give OPARC clients the opportunity to paint fire hydrants throughout the community. This partnership will benefit the overall maintenance of the District while securing gainful employment for OPARC clients.

OPARC was established in 1950 and is one of the largest organizations providing day program services to qualifying adults. Today, OPARC serves more than 800 developmentally disabled adults in Southern California and has been successful in finding jobs for participants while ensuring success through ongoing training, guidance and supervision.

“We are grateful to OPARC for their partnership on such an important program for our community,” commented Board President James V. Curatalo Jr. “OPARC clients will be helping the District through maintenance of fire hydrants while at the same time gaining important work experience that could benefit them in their future. By enabling participants to support the community, the District upholds our mission to facilitate teamwork and service as a partner in this community.”

In this pilot program, three clients will work throughout the CVWD community with one OPARC job coach. The clients have the chance to make a livable wage while learning more about the District and some of its projects. The partnership between CVWD and OPARC will last six months.

For more information about the OPARC program and other CVWD sponsored programs, please visit CVWDwater.com or call (909) 987-2591.

The Cucamonga Valley Water District provides high quality, reliable water and wastewater service to 190,000 customers within the City of Rancho Cucamonga, portions of Fontana, Ontario, and Upland, and some unincorporated San Bernardino County.

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