Each year, the Chocolate Lovers Festival Committee chooses a charitable organization to donate a portion of the event proceeds raised during the festival. The 2017 Chocolate Lovers Festival Grant Application were accepted through September 1 and were due November 23, 2016.
In 2017, the recipients of the Chocolate Lovers Festival Grant is Every1 Can Work.
Every1 Can Work is a non-profit created to provide permanent employment opportunities for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Over 84% of young adults with cognitive disabilities are unemployed, but not unemployable – there is a big difference. The most vulnerable segment of our society is often the last hired, and the first fired, at businesses driven solely by profit. Despite many wonderful public and private vocational training programs and well-intentioned government support efforts, thousands of these talented young people spend their most productive years sitting all day long on a couch watching TV. A job means so much more than just a paycheck – it means self-esteem and a paycheck. Every1 Can Work d/b/a Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates opened on October 1, 2013, at 9639 Fairfax Boulevard in the Fairfax Circle Shopping Center employing three workers with intellectual disabilities; today, they employ 14 workers (who are trained not only in work skills, but in life and social skills) who help prepare from scratch and bake fresh daily muffins and cookies, and using Callebaut, the finest Belgian chocolate, hand-dip a wide assortment of caramels, truffles, toffee and more delivering unique, high-quality chocolate products to the market place. Join them for breakfast, lunch, a cup of coffee, or a chocolate delicacy and stop by on Sunday mornings from 8:00 am – 10:00 am when they host “Cars and Coffee” where folks display their cars, share some stories, and enjoy a great experience