Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 2, 2018 – Throughout the last eight years, Greenspoon Marder has been a dedicated community partner of The Dan Marino Foundation (DMF), contributing over $600,000 in monetary and in-kind support. Over the last few years this partnership has expanded into a collaborative effort between the DMF Broward School, Marino Campus, a 10-month national industry certification program for teens and young adults living with autism and other differing abilities, and the Firm, to provide internships with the assistance of DMF onsite job coaches.
Since its inception over 37 years ago, Greenspoon Marder has followed the example set forth by founding partners Gerald Greenspoon and Michael Marder, to support the communities “where we live and work.” Greenspoon Marder established its internship program as part of its overall commitment to improving communities throughout the U.S.
For more than 26 years, The Dan Marino Foundation has worked to empower individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. At Marino Campus, class instruction combined with real-world work experience prepares students in obtaining nationally recognized industry certifications in Hospitality and Computer Technology. The Foundation offers postsecondary educational opportunities at two Campuses, Marino Campus Broward, located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and Marino Campus Miami-Dade, located at
Florida International University’s (FIU) Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) in Miami.
Marino Campus interns work two days per week, for nine weeks at Greenspoon Marder to achieve hands-on job experience. The other three days, the students attend industry, employment, and social skills courses at the Campus. These internship opportunities help prepare young adults with autism and differing abilities for gainful employment, social competency, and independent living by building the necessary skills through unique programming.
“Together with The Dan Marino Foundation, our firm is committed to providing internships and employment opportunities to Marino Campus students as we continue to champion our commitment of supporting the communities in which we live and work throughout the U.S.,” said, Gerald Greenspoon, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director at Greenspoon Marder. “We are proud to support such a worthy national organization that is committed to empowering those living with autism and other developmental disabilities,” said, Michael Marder, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director at Greenspoon Marder.
Although Greenspoon Marder has worked with interns over the last three years, the Firm is now hiring interns for permanent positions. The Firm’s employees also assisted the organization by participating in mentoring and mock job interviews to prepare the students to enter the workforce and attain employment.
“I want to thank Gerry Greenspoon and Michael Marder for recognizing the potential of young adults with autism and giving them the opportunity to prove themselves. The result is that Marino Campus graduates get good jobs and Greenspoon Marder gets great employees. It’s companies like Greenspoon Marder, willing to open their doors-that together we are changing lives,” said Dan Marino, Chairman of The Dan Marino Foundation.
“Greenspoon Marder stands out in realizing that it’s good business to hire a diversified workforce, that the inclusion of people who look at things differently, is what drives innovation in companies. And that corporations cannot afford to miss out on this talented pool of workers,” said Mary Partin, CEO of The Dan Marino Foundation.