Las Vegas nonprofit organization Opportunity Village recently put 60 individuals with disabilities to work after signing an agreement with MGM Resorts International to provide card-sorting services to the resorts.
The pact represents the largest service contract in the organization’s history.
Under the agreement, around 80,000 used playing card decks are being shipped each month from company hotels to Opportunity Village, where workers sort them and re-package them for resale in the company’s gift stores.
The new contract expands Opportunity Village’s ongoing relationship with MGM Resorts, where Opportunity Village citizens were already providing baked goods to MGM Resorts under another contract. Other workers have been performing document imaging and scanning; assembling plastic utensil and napkin packages, and turning old towels and linens into rags for re-use in the resorts’ kitchens.
In all, about 110 workers are currently employed at Opportunity Village as a result of contracts with MGM Resorts.
Opportunity Village offers services for individuals with significant disabilities, including employment. Individuals report to work at one of three Las Vegas Employment Resource Centers or at several off-site locations throughout the community.
The local office of worldwide gaming manufacturer Shuffle Master, Inc. donated the card-cutting machines that were needed to fulfill the contract.