The Standard Charitable Foundation Grants $20,000 to DePaul Industries

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The Standard Charitable Foundation Grants $20,000 to DePaul Industries

Grant connects people with disabilities to well-suited jobs and career pathways


PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Standard Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Standard Insurance Company ("The Standard"), has awarded a $20,000 grant to support DePaul Industries' Project SEARCH. The grant will support the program's work to secure employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"The Standard Charitable Foundation's grant to Project SEARCH will help us put people with significant barriers to employment on the pathway to more fulfilling, self-sufficient lives," said Dave Shaffer, president and CEO of DePaul Industries. "Thanks to the generous support of companies like The Standard, we can continue strengthening our community by providing workforce solutions and creating a positive work environment for individuals with disabilities."

Project SEARCH is an internationally recognized program originally founded in Cincinnati, OH. The only organization operating Project SEARCH in the state of Oregon, DePaul Industries is actively closing the unemployment gap for people with disabilities by connecting them with fulfilling jobs where they can excel.

"The Standard Charitable Foundation is proud to support Project SEARCH, whose efforts align with our goal of supporting programs that increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities," said Greg Ness, president of The Standard Charitable Foundation and chairman, president and CEO at The Standard. "In addition to the grant, I'm particularly proud of our partnership with Project SEARCH, which has led to the employment of individuals here at The Standard."

To learn more about The Standard Charitable Foundation, please visit www.standard.com/foundation.

About The Standard Charitable Foundation

The Standard Charitable Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of The Standard. Founded in 2006, the Foundation's mission is to make a positive difference in communities by supporting community development, education, disability and health organizations. While the Foundation has a broad goal of making a positive difference in communities, it places special emphasis on helping individuals and families who have experienced a loss or setback such as a major disability or the loss of a loved one. Since 2006, The Standard, its employees and The Standard Charitable Foundation have contributed more than $12 million in grants and social investments.

About The Standard

The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services, including group and individual disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group dental and vision insurance, absence management services, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com.

The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and its subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Mortgage Investors, Inc., StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., StanCorp Real Estate, LLC, and StanCorp Equities, Inc.

About Project SEARCH

DePaul Industries' Project SEARCH provides employment and education opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities and barriers to employment. Through this process, employers are educated about the potential of this underutilized workforce while meeting their human resource needs. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace, and has been replicated with great success nationwide. DePaul Industries is spearheading Project SEARCH efforts in Oregon, partnering with businesses to provide workforce solutions and create a positive work environment. For more information about DePaul Industries, visit www.depaulindustries.com.



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