Monarch launches Support Inclusion Saturday in March to bring awareness to businesses, organizations that support inclusion
Josh Walker personifies the value of community leadership and inclusion. Many local residents know Walker, a Stanly County resident, from his volunteer work at the Stanly Community Christian Ministry’s Community Table, a Norwood food pantry, or through his job at Oakboro Nursery where he happily tends to the plants year round.
“I love working. Helping people makes my day,” said Walker, who was once very shy and withdrawn.
Like Walker, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities welcome the opportunity to contribute to their community – either by volunteering or employment – so long as they’re given the chance to participate.
That is why on March 1, Monarch invites businesses and organizations across North Carolina – and in all of the state’s 100 counties – to join the Support Inclusion Saturday campaign in observance of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The campaign is a new, grassroots initiative that aims to celebrate stories like Walker’s and the companies that provide inclusion opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).