Spectrum Designs Foundation Receives Member Agency of the Year
Spectrum Designs Foundation is an integrated workforce with employees earning minimum wage or above depending on education, skill-set, experience and general performance.
NYSID presented its 2017 Member Agency of the Year Award to Spectrum during its Annual Meeting on September 26 at The Saratoga Hilton.
Spectrum has been a NYSID member agency for five years and its employees have benefitted greatly from the Preferred Source program.
The buzz of activity within the integrated Spectrum Designs special enterprise consists of a constant flow of color and texture, as plain apparel is turned into customized products.
More than 30 individuals living on the autism spectrum who work in the screen printing and embroidery departments create this energy, while also creating shirts, sweatshirts, safety apparel, hats, and much more.
"I like working here because what I do, which is screenprinting, is something that I enjoy doing. It is visual, artistic medium," said Evan Kuhlmey, on behalf of the Spectrum Designs team. "It's a small shop, so people are in close quarters. We get along, we get to know each other, everybody's very helpful. We know exactly what we need to do so we all cooperate to achieve the goal. It works out. Things get done very efficiently, I think."
Spectrum Designs provides apparel to state and local government agency customers, including 24 school districts, numerous municipalities, several residential and psychiatric centers, public works entities, and other Preferred Source purchasers. Its expanding NYSID business also has increased employment opportunities for its team of dedicated workers.
Spectrum Designs supports its fellow NYSID member agencies by printing shirts for walks and other fundraising events, and also has printed shirts for two NYSID WORKS! community improvement events. On a wider scale, Spectrum provides custom apparel to countless not-for-profit organizations and events, including the national Autism Speaks walk and New York City's Annual Disability Pride Parade.
Schenectady ARC was named Member Agency of the Year Award co-recipient.