Head Start Welcomes TD Bank to Pay it Foward

Volunteers make the most of their time by reading, painting, and playing with students
Friday, May 10, 2013

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CAMDEN - TD Bank employees fulfilled their company’s mission of giving back to the community by volunteering their time to help make learning fun for students on Thursday May 2nd at Center for Family Services Head Start in Camden City.

Laura Hampe TD Bank manager based out of New Hampshire explained.  “Supporting the communities of where we live and work has long been one of TD’s core values.”   -Hampe and four additional TD employees from offices in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts chose to pay it forward by volunteering with pre-school students with Center for Family Services Head Start program.

CFS currently runs 14 Head Start sites in Camden City and Camden County providing over 800 three to five year olds with high-quality early childhood education. Head Start not only provides comprehensive early education, it also offers support services in the areas of health and dental care, nutrition, special education, parent skill workshops, and social services. CFS helps parents and children develop and nurture the skills needed for self-sufficiency. 

Head Start staff finds having volunteers helpful because they are able to provide more support in the classrooms and provide much needed individualized attention to students.  Volunteers also offer students the opportunity to exchange cultural and sometimes linguistic knowledge which helps students discover more about the world and the different individuals that live in it.

The mission of TD Bank is to strengthen neighborhoods, and to improve and enrich the lives of members of the community by supporting local organizations.  TD Bank is dedicated to promoting economic empowerment, youth development, and community involvement.  They encourage their employees to give back and also take a special interest in the education of youth.  

CFS believes that community involvement is crucial to the development and well-being of the children in Head Start.  Without community involvement Head Start centers would not be able to accomplish the goals they set for their children and parents, such as providing both groups with the necessary resources to strive during their time at Head Start, and later on in life.

Elaine Burns of TD Bank in Massachusetts spent her time with a group of students at the arts and crafts tables, helping each of them create a craft.  “I wanted to help out and make a difference today with the kids,” said Burns. 

The children showed off their finished masks to Head Start teachers and TD volunteers.  “I just can’t help but smile when I see how much fun these kids are having,” said Hampe.

About Center For Family Services

Center For Family Services: Center For Family Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope and strength. It is their vision that all people lead capable, responsible, fulfilled lives in strong families and healthy communities.