FinFit is Raising the Bar in how Companies Should Help the Special Needs Community

Before I get started into this post, I’d like to share first as a matter of full-disclosure that I’m not just the Founding Editor of, but I’m also the Content Marketing Manager at FinFit.  FinFit is where I spend most of my full-time working hours sharing how important it is for companies to have a comprehensive financial wellness benefit, and how that can help employees become more productive at their job by being financially fit.

But what I’ve discovered, it’s much more then that.  Allow me to share a bit of behind the scenes of this company that is expanding exponentially nationwide…

First, the President of FinFit has a brother with Cerebral Palsy and is also the President of the Ability Center of Virginia (formerly the Cerebral Palsy of Virginia).   Over the years they discovered the significant gap in services available to the Special Needs community in Hampton Roads.  So, the Ability Center aims to fill as many gaps as they can.

Tidewater Autism Society of America (TASA as known locally here) periodically works with the Ability Center, and rents space in the same building.  This shows me that regardless of where the donor dollars are coming from, people are willing to work together to help each other serve the community.

Now overcoming challenges is what drives people to accomplish great things, and I see this happening everyday with such unsung heroes in our local community.

So, what does FinFit do in all of this?  How do they raise the bar?

Well, I’ve always said that when someone finds their ‘why’, everything else falls into place.  The level of compassion and service the team at FinFit have go far beyond the aspect of just donating hours, or donating time.  Their heart is in it because it impacts people close to them.  They know because they live it.  They serve because they see how it helps others in a significant way.

Some businesses offer incentives to their employees to volunteer their time and abilities for local nonprofits.  Of course this is admirable.  This is carrying the workers to the nonprofits to better the community in specific areas, and let’s be honest – it’s just good PR for a major business to actively take part in their local community.

However, the leadership at FinFit takes its experience of serving the Special Needs community to the workplace – so they can better serve employees by helping them become more financially fit.  It is in this subtle but significant difference where I find that the bar has been raised. The unique understanding of how much an employee can be impacted by such special circumstances drives FinFit to provide an avenue to help employees potentially overcome such obstacles.

In the time I’ve spent since the launch of Autisable 8 years ago,  there have been less then a handful of companies and organizations that take aim in serving the special needs community to heart.  FinFit is one of those companies, and I’m truly honored to be a part of it.

I’m also very grateful to the leadership at FinFit for providing their full support in my personal efforts as well.

We all have a ‘why’.  What’s your’s?

For more information about FinFit, visit If you’re wondering if your company offers FinFit, check with your HR Benefits Rep.

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Joel Manzer
Husband to an Amazing Wife, and Father of a Child with Autism. Founding Lead Editor of this site called Autisable. Click here to join Autisable!
Joel Manzer

Joel Manzer

Husband to an Amazing Wife, and Father of a Child with Autism. Founding Lead Editor of this site called Autisable. Click here to join Autisable!

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