Howard Training Center has been selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Tom Berryhill.
Carla Strong, Executive Director and JoAnne Mooney, Board President traveled to Sacramento to join 100 other nonprofit leaders honored by their state senators and assembly members during a celebration luncheon as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 6.
Howard Training Center (HTC) was created in 1950 by a group of eight parents concerned with promoting services for area children with developmental disabilities. They experienced firsthand the challenges their children faced living with a disability in a society that did not accept them. In 1953, HTC incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving adult citizens in Stanislaus County with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of disability. Each day 246 adults depend on the 10 different programs provided by HTC.
For over 60 years, HTC has worked to create opportunity and support for individuals with disabilities to hold a meaningful place in the community to the fullest extent of their abilities.
“This is truly an honor for our entire organization,” said Strong. “The challenges individuals with disabilities face in our society even today are extreme. At HTC we look at each individual not as disabled but differently abled. They have abilities that are different than mine and yours; they just want the chance to do as much as they possibly can and to be welcomed wherever they are. Isn’t that what we all want?”
“I am honored to name Howard Training Center as the non-profit of the year in my district,” stated Senator Tom Berryhill. “For over 60 years, the Howard Training Center organization has bettered the lives of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities by giving them hope and opportunity. They have made Stanislaus County a better place and the value of their work in our community cannot be overstated.”
“Nonprofits make California communities stronger, yet we’re often so busy that we don’t toot our own horns about the work we’re doing,” explained Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to recognize the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and it also demonstrates the larger collective impact of nonprofits throughout California.”
California Nonprofits Day, now in its third year, was formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 191, authored by the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, Assemblywoman Monique Limón (Santa Barbara).
According to “Causes Count,” a 2016 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the fourth largest industry in the state, employing nearly one million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate over $200 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 450,000 full-time jobs every year.