Building Careers Volunteer Program Named a Mutual of America 2012 Community Partnership Award Winner Cleveland Based Organization Helps Create Jobs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that the Building Careers Volunteer Program was named a Merit Finalist in the 2012 Community Partnership Award competition.

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Many people with special needs are capable of working and want to work. Yet it can be difficult for them to find productive work opportunities that help develop the skills needed to gain greater independence and to contribute to their communities.

When MedWish International launched its groundbreaking Building Careers Volunteer Program in 2009, it determined its path to success would come by engaging and employing northeast Ohio's special needs community in the organization's life-saving work. With partners like the Cleveland Clinic Center on Autism, Vocational Guidance Services, Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities and Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Building Careers provides meaningful work to more than 100 special needs individuals.

"The Building Careers Volunteer Program provides a safe, welcoming environment where individuals with special needs can develop valuable social and vocational skills, as well as friendships," says Josh Kravitz, Executive Director of MedWish.

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 170 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa.

"All of the 2012 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.

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