The New Albany Founders Day Community Connection Award was established in 2008 to recognize and showcase the outstanding work and services performed by an area non-profit civic group that serves our community and surrounding area.

The New Albany Founders Day Committee invites the honoree to participate in the annual parade and festival. During the parade, they will be recognized at the grandstand area for their contribution to the community. The honoree is also invited to set up a display showcasing their history and involvement in the community at the festival site.

During a New Albany Village Council meeting, the Mayor of New Albany will be presenting a written proclamation to the honoree for their accomplishments to the community.

2017 Community Connection Award Honoree: Lettuce Work

Lettuce Work logo

The Lettuce Work Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to serving young adults with autism and training them for the future. They operate a commercial
greenhouse that provides the platform for school-to-work transition services, job training and employment opportunities for young autistic adults.

Located near New Albany, Ohio, Lettuce Work specializes in growing produce sold and delivered to local schools, supermarkets and restaurants, and generating revenue used to support the company's mission: to build life-long independence for autistic adults by improving their work and communication skills. You can find our pre-packaged salad blend in many of the Columbus-area grocery stores.

Lettuce Work is an approved agency provider for the Ohio Developmentally Disabled system and is authorized to provide adult vocational rehabilitation, adult day habilitation, enclave and community employment.