A Commitment to Our Team Members Who Are Differently Abled
For the past thirty years, Giant Eagle has been committed to hiring, training, supporting, and advocating for Team Members who are differently abled. Today, we have community professionals working with us to help hire more individuals who are differently abled and assist current ones. Our community partners include: Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services and ACHIEVA in Pittsburgh; New Avenues To Independence in Cleveland; and Goodwill Columbus, among others. Because of these liaisons and specialists, we have hired more than 300 Team Members who are differently abled, and are planning for many more.
Over the past year, in several of our Pittsburgh GetGo locations, we have made a concerted effort to employ Team Members with significant intellectual challenges, as part of the GetGo Job-Carving project. Thanks to the leadership of the GetGo team, these Team Members work 12-16 hours per week, while the leaders ensure that their entire store team provides an inclusive culture for their new Team Members. This initiative continues to allow Team Members who are differently abled to reach their potential, and lead fuller lives through competitive employment. This also gives GetGo the chance to hire great Team Members and run great stores. To date, we have hired six Team Members and are recruiting for six more. We are also launching a hiring plan at our HBC Retail Support Center and hope to replicate it at all our Retail Support Centers within the next five years.
In addition, we are improving our Company-wide Plans To assist team members who are differently abled in case of an emergency, and continue to enhance accessibility in our facilities, as well as on our websites and apps. In at least four of our stores, we have installed accessible checkstands for Team Members who are differently abled, as a mobility device.
Additionally, in October 2017, in conjunction with National Differently Abled Employee Awareness Month, Giant Eagle featured a different profile each week to highlight some of their talented Team Members who are differently abled. The Abilities Business Resource Group (ABRG) also led Giant Eagle’s efforts to celebrate National Differently Abled Mentoring Day, which involved a partnership with the Fox Chapel Area School District. Six high school students visited the Waterworks Market District location to see what it was like to work in our stores for a day.