With the philosophy ‘We Bring People & Jobs Together,’ Haywood Vocational Opportunities (HVO) recently reported its progress and accomplishments for 2018-19.

HVO supplies world class quality medical products, while providing the local community with vocational training and employment opportunities to adults with disadvantages and disabilities. HVO is a nonprofit social enterprise business located in Waynesville.

The organization produces medical drapes and other medical devices for domestic and international surgical needs.

With more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing disposable healthcare products, HVO has created partnerships with some of the key players in the medical industry. HVO is currently the largest manufacturer of custom medical drapes in the United States.

The diverse and integrated team environment makes it unique. HVO’s training programs are nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Quality policy

Haywood Vocational Opportunities, Inc. is people centered, quality driven, with 100 percent customer satisfaction as the goal.

Some of the many highlights of the fiscal year included:

Employment/training

• Received a $20,000 grant from Evergreen Foundation to support an on-site café, which will provide employment training opportunities for clients.

Business enterprises

• Successfully completed a surveillance audit to maintain ISO-13485 registration.

• Shipped a total of 3,675 shipments.

• Began production in March on the dental package stuffer program.

• Implemented new drape line in Custom Medial Products and a full body drape line at the Westwood facility.

• Mid-size drape line met customer demand — without overtime.

Program servicesJuly 1, 2018 — June 30, 2019

The total served was 192. HVO maintained a record number of clients, with average daily enrollment of 58.

It launched employee engagement committees, focusing on communication, attendance and incentives and recognitions.

HVO held a veterans job fair, a wellness fair, a blood drive with the American Red Cross and hosted a weight loss challenge for clients.

Community activities, events

HVO delivered meals for Meals on Wheels and held a United Way Campaign, pledging $33,028.

HVO participated in the Haywood County Special Olympics and donated $1,531 to the event from weekly pizza sales through the year.

Additional activities included holding a hurricane relief drive, welcoming therapy dogs to provide comfort and companionship to clients at the Learning & Enrichment Center, providing 54 volunteers rang for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive and hosting a Folkmoot International dance group from Canada for more than 125 attendees.

HVO mission

HVO, Inc. believes that individuals have the right to be respected, to have equal opportunities, to work, to earn a fair wage, and participate in activities that enrich their lives. The board of directors and staff support the concept that through meaningful, satisfying work and leisure, people are able to live more independently, successfully and productively.

For more, call 56-4455 or visit www.hvoinc.com.

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