Inspiration: The Breath of Life

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December 15, 2014

Brandon, Manager and Carlos, Supervisor of the CCO Federal Services Brownsville, Texas office, share what they are thankful for this holiday season. 

What does it mean to inspire others? One original meaning of inspire is “to breathe life into.” This gives us a true understanding of the importance of inspiration. Without inspiration, we would not have innovation. And without innovation, we would not have been able to “Google” the word inspire and read about its original use!

When the MAXIMUS Foundation looks for sources of inspiration from our team, we immediately think of our MAXIMUS Foundation Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors breathe life into our connections with non-profit organizations. They serve as the face of the Foundation as they inspire, enable and drive us forward by coordinating local service projects at our local offices.

We are inspired by Ambassadors like Alejandra,  who goes by Alex and is the Senior Operations Manager at our Brownsville, Texas site. During this year’s “Giving Tuesday” campaign, Alex and her team engaged nearly 350 new employees as regular contributors to the MAXIMUS Foundation. This is the second year in a row that they have achieved staggering numbers for “Giving Tuesday.” On December 11, Brownsville employees also donated more than 1,000 cans of food for the Food Bank of Rio Grande Valley as part of the Share Your Christmas Event. 

“The MAXIMUS Foundation represents doing the right thing by our peers and our community. You can never go wrong when you give back to those in need,” shared Alex when asked why she dedicates her time to the Foundation.

Another inspirational Ambassador is Dalene, Deputy Project Director at our Rancho Cordova, California site. She explained that she gives “from my heart and my belief that a percent of what is given to me should be given back to people who need my gifts more than I do. The ironic thing is the more I live my life this way, the more I am given, and the more I can give.”

Dalene also contributes to MAXIMUS-sponsored food, clothing and toy drives and serves as an American Red Cross volunteer. “I am truly happy to be working for a company that takes care of the community the way MAXIMUS does,” she shared.

MAXIMUS employees like Alex and Dalene inspire us every day and remind us to consider how we inspire others!

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