Extraordinary Ventures is a wonderful not-for-profit organization located in Chapel Hill, NC that creates and nurtures self-sustaining small businesses designed around the skills of the young adults with autism and developmental disabilities that serve as its workforce. EV’s workforce currently consists of 5 managers who oversee a staff of 40 young men and women with ASD and/or developmental disabilities. These employees receive training and are placed in jobs based on their interests and skills.
Extraordinary Ventures operates five businesses; 1. a laundry service, 2. an office services company, 3. a bus cleaning and maintenance service, 4. an events center that rents space for meeting and conferences, and 5. a business that produces and markets premium candles and soaps. Since the holidays are right around the corner we’re going to feature the last business venture.
EV Gifts are truly “Gifts that Give”. They feature handmade bath products such as sugar scrubs, soaps in scents like Sandalwood, and Lemon Eucalyptus, and premium scented candles in a wide variety of scents including Fresh Cut Grass, Pear Blossom, Lavender, and many holiday inspired scents.
Each high quality product sold directly employs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. EV seeks to help bridge the gap between education and vocation by providing communication structures and manufacturing skills that emphasize the strengths of their unique employees therefor building their self-esteem and proving that they are valuable assets to their community.
If you are looking for a holiday gift that helps make a difference in another person’s life consider looking at what Extraordinary Ventures Gifts have to offer this holiday season. You can find the products they offer at www.gifts.evnc.org