Limerick Inc. and Villa Esperanza
Villa Esperanza is a non-profit organization providing love, care, and hope for individuals with disabilities and their families since 1961. Limerick’s partnership with Villa Esperanza began with the Limerick founders’ desire to employ President Patricia Kelly’s daughter Karen (and Vice President Joan Ortiz’s sister,) a client of Villa Esperanza, at their company. To their surprise and amusement, Karen preferred instead to seek work that she found more suited to her own interests – but the business relationship with Villa Esperanza was born. Together, Limerick Inc. and Villa Esperanza have provided persons with developmental disabilities the opportunity for employment in Limerick’s assembly department since 2009. The Villa Esperanza clients are tasked with about 20 different integral processes which go into the final product. A supervisor directs the work and ensures quality control and safety. It’s an opportunity for Villa Esperanza clients to receive a regular paycheck, and gain the self-esteem and confidence that comes from working and participating in the larger economy. Limerick Inc. is able to meet their staffing challenges while supporting their belief and Villa Esperanza’s mission to see persons with developmental disabilities fully integrated into their communities.
For more information about Villa Esperanza, please visit villaesperanzaservices.org
Limerick Inc. and Rotary International
The Burbank Noon Rotary Club partnered with North York Rotary club and Limerick Inc. in participating in a Rotary International project. Joan Ortiz, Burbank Noon Rotarian and Vice President of Limerick Inc., coordinated the international project designed to assist low-income mothers and immigrant mothers who had a desire to breastfeed their infant and were separated from their baby due to illness or work and were unable to afford a quality pump. The donation of 40 PJ’s Comfort breast pumps went to Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding Clinic at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Canada. The mothers were very grateful for the high-quality breast pump and happy that they were able to continue to provide breast milk to their infants even in the difficult situation of having a premature baby or returning to work. North York Rotary Club donated $1,000 for the purchase of a baby scale that is used in the clinic.
Limerick Inc. and Community Involvement
Limerick Inc. Founders Pat Kelly and Joan Ortiz are active supporters of their community organizations, volunteering or serving as board members for local non-profits, including:
- The Boys and Girls Club of Burbank
- Burbank Community YMCA
- Kid's Community Dental Clinic
- National Charity League
- Burbank Noon Rotary Club