Cause Area

  • Employment
  • People with Disabilities


9650 Strickland Rd.Suite 103-122Raleigh, NC 27615 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

EngageNC’s Mission is to create jobs for adults with Autism/Intellectual Developmental Disabilites in the NC Triangle through community-focused employment innovations.


EngageNC (formerly "The Power of the Dream") was founded in 2008 by a group of self-advocates and families in order to assist others in better understanding micro-enterprise and asset building. As the organization connected with more individuals, it was clear that many job seekers with Autism/IDD faced significant barriers to employment.

In 2013, EngageNC opened HANDmeUPs Thrift to provide direct employment opportunities and to demonstrate the value of employing adults with Autism/IDD. Over the years, EngageNC has continued to provide advice and resources to micro-entrepreneurs and businesses who are intentional about hiring adults with Autism/IDD.

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