ProAct, Inc.



ProAct, 3195 Neil Armstrong Boulevard,  Eagan, Minnesota  55121

Enhancing Lives ... Exploring Opportunities  ... News from ProAct, Inc.   

February 2016

In This Issue
Hudson leader grows reach
Aug. 15 is ProAct Golf Classic
Grant for Hudson
Work with us
Star Tribune tells partial story

A January 31 article in the Star Tribune, "Minnesota is Developing Alternatives to Segregated Workshops,"  was misleading but it highlighted ProAct's "Way to Work" program, a newly funded effort with the Department of Human Services to place people with disabilities in community jobs.  ProAct is very pleased with the new partnership with the state of Minnesota, and the two new vocational rehabilitation counselors it placed at the Eagan-West facility.

However, it reminds readers that placing people in community jobs is far from a new concept.  ProAct has a strong and growing employment effort, and it also recognizes  that independent employment is not the only worthy path.   Many who take advantage of ProAct's life skills training and in-center work lead enriched and fulfilling lives.   
Hudson leader named to chamber of commerce board
ProAct Hudson Program Coordinator Margaret Christensen has been named to the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.  "They like to have representation from a diverse group of business people," she said.  The chamber represents a vast area of the business community, with a membership of 500.  Christensen has also been involved in the Hudson Rotary Daybreak Club.
See the story in the Hudson Star Observer 
'Recycle Your Holidays' nets increase in collections

After picking up discarded Christmas lights and electrical cords from more than 30 locations, ProAct is on track to exceed last year's collection amount. It also received special contribution, four large gaylords of lights from Gertens Greenhouse.  ProAct individuals remove lights from the strands.  Processing occurs at ProAct in Eagan and Red Wing.  

Save date for ProAct Golf Classic at Southview, Aug. 15
Mark your calendars for an excellent day on the golf course at Southview Country Club on August 15, when the ProAct Golf Classic returns.  More details and sponsorship information to come!
The 2015 winners
First featured in ProAct's People Achieving newsletter, electronics technician Tyler Koeckeritz recently appeared in the Hudson Star Observer

eRecycling startup grows, looks to Eagan collections
Expansion continues for ProAct eRecycling Services.

Collection volume has been strong for ProAct eRecycling Services, which has grown to employ a crew of eight individuals on weekdays in Red Wing, explains eRecycling Manager Tim Hovey.

With Eagan collections just around the corner, the manager is hoping to eventually double the amount of materials coming in.  It's a mix of consumer and business goods, with some businesses unloading electronics that have been sitting in storage for more than 10 years, he explains.

Coming soon is a final review for R2/RIOS certification, a key environmental milestone that will bring added credibility and accountability to the recycling operation in the future.

A key Eagan staff person attended training in Virginia to provide needed background in setting up the ProAct collection operation for the Twin Cities.

Watch the Channel 10 report covering ProAct's electronics recycling event.  Also, be sure to take a look at the video recap from ProAct.
Special Thanks to Hudson Hospital Foundation
ProAct has received a $5,000 contribution from the Hudson Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a garden shed and an electronic smart board.  The board allows for added interaction on a large screen, and the shed will support the location's growing gardening program.
United Way highlights ProAct, offers its products
ProAct products are on sale at the United Way office in Red Wing.

The United way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties Executive Director Maureen Nelson experienced ProAct in Red Wing first hand as a Community Investment Volunteer, and was impressed by what she saw.  The organization featured ProAct in a recent  newsletter, where it announced that ProAct products would soon be on display shelves for sale at the United Way office in Red Wing.

"Their (ProAct) clients serve as volunteers for our Packing for the Weekend and Summer Food programs and each time I work with them I learn something new," said Nelson in the article. 

Great jobs, solid organization, send people our way
From bus drivers to direct service professionals, site supervisors, job developers and designated coordinators, there are a variety of job roles at ProAct that open up.  If you know someone who would be a good fit for our great organization, please ask them to explore our employment page.
What is ProAct?
With two facilities in Eagan, and others in Red Wing, Zumbrota and Hudson, Wis., ProAct, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation which has served the needs of people with disabilities for more than 40 years.
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