Maximus staff show their generosity by supporting local organizations
Every Tuesday after Thanksgiving is designated as GivingTuesday, an annual celebration that encourages global generosity. The idea came to life in 2012 and has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Throughout the year, Maximus employees demonstrate their generosity in a variety of ways—whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, many across the U.S. donate their time, energy, and resources to give back to our local communities.
Join us in celebrating the inspiring stories shared by our colleagues and the meaningful causes they support.
Maximus Contact Center Operations (CCO), Lynn Haven, Florida
- Shared by: Joy Sims, Manager, Customer Service
- Image description: Susie Clagett, Kimberly Simien, Joy Sims, and Alfonso Bell at the Veterans Stand Down Event.
Homeless Veterans Stand Down events are one to three-day events that support local homeless Veterans by providing supplies and services such as medical services, clothing and toiletry donations, haircuts, job opportunities, and much more. This year’s event was coordinated by the local CareerSource Gulf Coast agency with Gulf Coast State College, other government agencies, and community-based homeless service providers. With an estimated 2,400 homeless Veterans in Florida, this event allows Veterans to receive help, renew their spirit and health, and develop an overall sense of wellbeing.
Last September, in support of the 16th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down Event, employees from the Maximus Contact Center Operations (CCO) site in Lynn Haven held an office drive to collect more than 670 donation items, ranging from toiletry and clothing to household supplies and helped more than 50 homeless Veterans receive the support they need.
Joy Sims, who helped lead the effort, shared her gratitude for the team’s support, “It was an honor to be a part of this impactful event and deliver the donated supplies to help Veterans in our community. Thank you to the Maximus employees who made it possible to give back to our local Veterans.”
Maximus staff at the District of Columbia Job Placement and Family Re-Housing Stabilization Program (FRSP), Washington, D.C.
- Shared by: Tirhas Wubneh, Vice President, Workforce Services
- Image description: William Lessane, Tirhas Wubneh, Raquel Savoy, Vernetta Chambers, Mavis Haizel, and Dan Blitz food prepping for the Food & Friend Program.
The DC Job Placement and FRSP staff joined to participate in a community service activity at the Food & Friends Program. Food & Friends, a grant recipient of the Maximus Foundation, is the only community-based organization in the D.C. region providing home-delivered, medically tailored meals and medical nutrition therapy to families living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other serious illnesses. They serve more than 200 new clients monthly with over 3,800 daily deliveries.
Food & Friends spends a lot of time preparing ingredients and packing the thousands of meals it delivers daily to its clients. To support their efforts, the Maximus team of volunteers assisted with various tasks, including food preparation and packing items for delivery. Outside of the kitchen, the Maximus team assisted Foods & Friends in addressing the social isolation clients experience by writing more than 100 lunchbox notes and words of encouragement to accompany the meals delivered to individuals. These lunchbox notes help mitigate social isolation due to a lack of relationships or little to no social support, which links to increased risk for heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, addiction, and self-harm.
The contribution of the Maximus team helped Food & Friends ensure that they continue to provide food and support for clients living with severe illnesses, while working to brighten their day with a personal touch.
Maximus Eligibility Appeals Operations Support (EAOS), Jenkins, PA
- Shared by: Carrie Balashaitis, Director, Operations
- Image description: EAOS Staff Andrea Manley, Carrie Balashaitis, Jodi Whitney, Dan Cheek and Jamie Speight help to pack Mary-Pat Ward’s van full of Spring Bags for the McAuley Center
The EAOS staff volunteered to complete a community service project to benefit the Catherine McAuley Center, a Maximus Foundation grantee partner. The team selected the McAuley Center because of its mission to provide housing, supportive services, and case management to help women and children transition from the trauma of homelessness to living independently.
Led by EAOS Manager, Jamie Speight, the team assembled 100 “Hello Spring” bags that contained plastic balls, bubble solution, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, snacks, and more. Because many families receiving services do not live near parks and have small outdoor spaces, the Spring Bags will allow the families to use the green spaces available to play together.
Mary-Pat Ward, the Development Director of McAuley Center, picked the bags up and shared the impact of the team’s efforts. As a former beneficiary of the McAuley Center, Mary shared her first experience of leaving an abusive relationship to obtain her degree before becoming director of the McAuley Center. Mary shared, “What may seem like a small gesture can significantly impact daily lives, as many families have limited resources available to purchase these items.”
Maximus Contact Center Operations (CCO), Richmond, Virginia
- Shared by: Christine Herpel, Manager, Communications
- Image description: CCO Staff Mark Foster, Scott Benke, Ron Townsend, Dave Harkess, Casey Lyons, and Alex Lewis assemble “Feel Better Bags” for ChildSavers of Richmond, VA
The leadership team at the Maximus Contact Center Operations (CCO) site met in Richmond, Virginia, for their pre-open enrollment strategy session. The CCO continuously looks for opportunities to support local nonprofits in the communities where our employees live and work. This year, they identified ChildSavers, a nonprofit local to Richmond and a long-standing Maximus Foundation grantee partner, as the focus of their efforts.
The mission of ChildSavers is to guide the community’s children through life’s critical moments with trauma-informed mental health and child development services. They are the only nonprofit in Virginia using a coordinated prevention and intervention model to address children’s mental health, preparing them for lifelong learning and helping them recover from trauma.
After learning about the great work of ChildSavers, CCO leaders and staff developed a plan to help. They assembled 150 “Feel Better Bags” for children who have experienced a recent traumatic event. These bags included coloring and puzzle books, journals, putty, colored pens, and affirmation/encouragement cards. The ChildSavers team uses these “Feel Better Bags” to discuss and share coping and stress management skills with children and families to help reduce the long-term impact of trauma.
Christine Herpel shared what this team effort meant to them, “We were thrilled to learn about the mission and meaningful impact that ChildSavers has for many children in the Richmond community. We are happy to help support such a great organization.”
These are just a few of the many examples of Maximus staff donating their time to others. We are pleased to take this opportunity on GivingTuesday to recognize their efforts to give back to their communities and the vital causes that serve those who need a most.
Giving back to the communities we serve
The Maximus Foundation is one of the ways Maximus employees are doing something greater together. Established by the Maximus Board of Directors in 2000, the Maximus Foundation is an independent, employee-led, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Employee donors pool their charitable contributions together through the Foundation, double their impact on the grantmaking program through Maximus’ dollar-for-dollar matching pledge, and make their voices heard by nominating and voting for future grantee partners. Though the Foundation focuses its giving strategy on grantmaking, it also helps coordinate corporate-wide humanitarian efforts and empowers employees to donate their time and skills to nonprofits. Their inspired giving and volunteerism help accelerate the missions of nonprofits on the frontlines of the communities we serve. Learn more at maximus.com/foundation.