Viva Tierra’s community service efforts in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., gained the attention of Washington Vocational Services, which nominated Viva Tierra for an award from the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.

The nomination is a result of a partnership between Viva Tierra and the Sedro-Woolley Adult Transition Program that began in 2009.

The program matches disabled youth with employers who teach them skills and help them develop good work habits and identify interests, set goals, and participate in work experience. Students work in the office, building confidence and improving social skills in the process.

Viva Tierra has also donated office supplies and furniture to a fundraiser to help purchase iPads for the students.

“The enthusiasm the kids bring to their work is infectious. The growth we’ve seen in their skills and their confidence over their time in the program is extremely gratifying. We can really see the benefits of this program — not just for the kids and the community but also in the increased sensitivity in our staff for people with different abilities and needs,” said Erin Long, Viva Tierra accounting lead and coordinator of the partnership, in a news release.

Viva Tierra also participates in Job Corps, a federal program which provides training opportunities to disadvantaged young people at the company’s offices. The community service efforts, paired alongside a push toward increased recycling and solar power is part of the company’s commitment to sustainability in Skagit County, Washington.