Milestone Gives Back: Our Recent Day of Service at Youth in Need Head Start Center

One of the greatest gifts we can give is our time.

We recently had an opportunity to volunteer as a corporate team at the Youth in Need Head Start Center in Wentzville, Missouri. More than a dozen team members from across our divisions joined forces on July 21 to work in classrooms with children and on various service projects around the facility.

“Volunteering is very important to us, it provides us an opportunity to work together on a personal level,” says Jennifer Schaefer, Executive Administration Assistant for Milestone Equipment Holdings. “It also gives us a chance to share our talents and skills in the community we live in. Giving back always feels good.”

Team members were all smiles working with the children. Carolyn Mueller and John Reitano enjoyed entertaining 2-year-olds on the outdoor playground. Chris Bachmann volunteered in the 3 to 5-year-old classroom. Patti McAlister and Sarah Mesnier loved getting to know the infants and toddlers.

“I love being able to work for a company that gives back to the community,” says Mesnier, Senior Financial Reporting Accountant for Milestone Equipment Holdings. “Helping kids in need is something that means a lot to me. My mom is a child abuse therapist, so growing up I had a lot of exposure to families and kids who had nothing. It was always very important for my family to give back in any way we could. Youth in Need is an amazing organization, and it was awesome to see everything the Head Start Center does. I had so much fun playing with the toddlers and I hope we can do it again soon!”

Founded in 1974 by community volunteers, Youth in Need offers service and support programs to over 12,000 children, teens and families across eastern Missouri. The organization provides services including education, counseling and support groups, and infant, child and family development at more than 40 sites in six counties.

“The staff at Milestone was a great help to the teachers in our facility – they volunteered in all three of our classrooms doing everything from reading to our preschoolers to helping with the infants, and at one point they were even dancing with the kids,” says Cody Finan, Community Engagement Coordinator at Youth in Need Head Start Center. “Their efforts go a long way in making a great connection in the community.”

Giving Is the Reason for the Season

In the spirit of giving back, Milestone Intermodal has recently donated a 53-foot steel container to the Keller Central High School Band in Keller, Texas to help students keep their equipment and props safe and secure, season after season.

“We have been talking about how to reach out and support our communities and for me, both personally and as a senior manager at Milestone, this is exactly what we need to do and where we need to give back,” says Amy Genobles, President of Milestone Intermodal.

Milestone worked in partnership with Kevin Smith of Equipment Management Services in Houston, which donated the cost of delivery of the 53-foot steel container. “It’s a really great feeling to work with vendor partners and have the opportunity to help the community,” says Genobles. “This is bringing it full circle.”

Looking for a solution to their storage situation, Keller Central High School’s Band Booster Association estimated program costs of $1,800 to $3,500 for off-site storage container options for students’ equipment and props.

“[Milestone’s] generosity allows us to use the money we would have spent replacing damaged equipment or paying the cost of other storage options and allows us to invest more in the training, education and needs of our students,” says Gina C. Root, Keller Central High School Band Booster Association Vice President.

It was a wonderful reminder of the power of paying it forward. “The overall satisfaction for us was the response we received from the high school,” says Genobles. “It was overwhelming. It really made me feel proud to be a part of Milestone. We look forward to future opportunities to support not-for-profit organizations locally and nationwide.”

The donated container is currently being converted for use as a storage unit. The finished product and photos to come!

 

Photo courtesy Keller Central High School Band