New Jersey team provides support and outreach to local children’s center
Several Maximus' New Jersey State-Based Exchange Project employees had a heartwarming visit during a local Day of Caring event at Millhill Child and Family Development Center (Millhill) in Trenton. Millhill is one of the Maximus Foundation's many grantee partners.
Taniel Bennett, call center support manager and newly named Maximus Foundation Ambassador for the center, helped facilitate the visit.
As a Foundation Ambassador, Taniel promotes employee engagement with the Maximus Foundation and is a passionate partnership-builder with an eye for strengthening relationships with local nonprofits.
"Millhill empowers children and families through individualized and culturally sensitive educational and behavioral health services," she said. "Their staff is committed to the organization's goals and values by making Millhill a safe space for families. I witnessed a personal connection between many students and teachers."
Since 1971, Millhill has played a vital role in promoting the wellbeing of Greater Trenton by providing critical services for community members who experience the devastating effects of poverty.
Employees were able to interact with children in the classrooms and provide support to teachers during the visit.
"We had fun with them in the drama center and the building station, read stories to the groups, assisted with snack time, and participated in outdoor play time," Bennett said. "The teaching staff and the administrators were very appreciative, but I believe we had the most to be thankful for, being able to give back to childcare providers who have one of the hardest and most important jobs in the world."
Karen Gardiner Bryan, a senior manager at the call center who attended the visit, agreed and said the caregivers are genuinely invested in the children's wellbeing and education.
Growing up in an urban community, Bennett said she saw many less fortunate families, and Maximus's connection with Millhill is personal.
"Our connection with Millhill is more than just supporting the center financially; a simple smile, hug, or words of encouragement can be just what a person needs," she said. "It is important that companies invest in their communities, no matter how large. Maximus invests in the communities we serve."
Bryan said she looks forward to the team's future community outreach events.
"It feels good to assist in any way I can, especially with young people," she said. "We live privileged lives, and we can show our gratitude by serving others. We never realize how a kind or encouraging word can make a difference in our youth. Any time spent giving back can positively change their lives' trajectory."
Learn more about the Millhill Center at millhillcenter.org.
Giving back to the communities we serve
The Maximus Foundation is one way Maximus employees do 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 contributions through the Foundation, increasing their community impact by supporting nonprofits that serve the same communities we do. Employee donors double their impact through Maximus' dollar-for-dollar matching pledge and make their voices heard by nominating and voting for future grantee partners. Learn more at maximus.com/foundation.