Options For All, a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has announced that Voya Financial will serve as Presenting Sponsor at its 10th Annual Taste of Our Community: Come Away With Me. The event will take place on March 14, 2019 at BRICK in Liberty Station.

“What makes Voya Financial such a remarkable partner,” Options For All CEO, Nancy Batterman shared with Giving Back Magazine, “is its commitment to serving and employingindividuals with special needs and their caregivers through its Voya Caresprogram as an extension of its mission and values.”

This approach has contributed to the EthisphereInstitute’s recognition of Voya Financial for five consecutive years as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Voya Financial recognizes that an employer’s benefits program may be the only exposure an employee has to insurance products that provide them with needed financial protection for themselves and their loved ones. It notes that with 20% of the U.S. population affected by a special need or disability, employers can reasonably expect that 20% of their population is also affected in some way. That's why it is important for employers to understand how supplemental insurance benefits align with their employees' visions for the future, particularly when they have a loved one affected by a special need or disability. Voya Financial states that for employees who work hard to create a lifetime of continuous care for their loved one with special needs, it only makes sense that their employee benefits do the same. In conjunction with this, Voya Financial feels that employers who support their employees in becoming more informed on how to financially protect their families may more effectively build engagement, support recruiting efforts and enhance retention.

Founded in 1985, Options For All serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping empower them to become fully-participating members of their communities. The organization serves as many as 1,300 individuals who face the challenges of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, learning and intellectual disabilities and severe behavioral disorders. Options For All offers a wide range of programs and services throughout the state of California, including San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Riverside counties. “We seek to create and support opportunities for adults in making choices to live and enjoy life in their community with dignity and respect,” said CEO, Nancy Batterman. “We work as a team to achieve positive perceptions in the community and among employers about the value and abilities of these remarkable individuals.”

Tickets for the 10thAnnual Taste of Our Community: Come Away With Mefundraising event go on sale January 2nd. The event will take place on March 14, 2019 at BRICK in Liberty Station and benefits adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Visit www.optionsforall.org/eventsto purchase tickets. 

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