The MAXIMUS Foundation recently renewed a $2,000 grant to support the Expanded Learning Programs for Children and Youth (ELP) at Erie Neighborhood House.
“Making a deep and meaningful impact on a community is no easy feat, but Erie House continues to do it every day,” said John Boyer, MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman. “It is an honor to present Erie House with this MAXIMUS Foundation grant that will support the continuation of their valuable work in improving health, augmenting child and family development, and promoting community development.”
The Foundation is the charitable arm of MAXIMUS, a publicly traded company that partners with state, federal and local governments to provide critical health and human service programs. It has supported Erie House since the spring of 2015, and this year’s grant will allow ELP to keep developing STEM initiatives to help students grow in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
“Making a deep and meaningful impact on a community is no easy feat, but Erie House continues to do it every day.”
– John Boyer, MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman
“The Foundation and I look forward to seeing this program’s growth and know that it will continue to improve individuals’ and families’ lives in the future,” said Boyer.
STEM has taken on increased importance at Erie House, given the growing workforce demand for skilled employees with a strong background in these subject areas.
“We are giving our youth the best opportunity to be prepared for their future,” said Joshua Fulcher, director of the Expanded Learning Programs for Children and Youth.
Fulcher explained that ELP utilizes a variety hands-on activities to support knowledge gain while at the same time nurture a deeper passion for STEM subject material. “If our students come out of high school with a good STEM knowledge base and a passion for learning more, they can and will be successful in the long run,” he said.
A variety of clubs and workshops engage students in STEM activities while at Erie House, and that investment is paying off: For the third year in a row, nearly half of the program’s graduating seniors chose a STEM major in college.
Nine organizations in the state of Illinois received a MAXIMUS Foundation grant in the most recent cycle; for a complete list, please visit www.maximus.com/foundation.
Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People®, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. MAXIMUS delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. For more information, visit www.maximus.com.
About the MAXIMUS Foundation
As the philanthropic arm of MAXIMUS, the Foundation extends the mission of the Company by identifying and awarding grants to partners with specialized expertise to deliver results within the same populations and communities served by the public programs the Company operates. The MAXIMUS Foundation is completely funded by MAXIMUS and its employees, and provides grants to local community organizations with programs and projects in the areas of child and youth development, health and community development.