T.J. Maxx management and staff associates presented Autism Delaware with a check for $1,000.00 on August 20, 2016. Taking part in the presentation were (first row) T.J. Maxx associates Samantha Scott and Shonnette Smith; (second row) Autism Delaware development director David Woods and POW&R (adult employment) director Katina Demetriou, POW&R participant Michael (Tony) Gracie, T.J. Maxx store manager Milosh Savich, Autism Delaware POW&R direct support professional Holly Astone, and T.J. Maxx associate Emily Harter; and (third row) T.J. Maxx associate Kristin King.
The funds were the result of a corporate-wide contest won by the Brandywine Town Center outlet of T.J. Maxx—and the winnings were designated specifically for Autism Delaware. “We are heavily embedded with Autism Delaware,” explained T.J. Maxx district manager Robert Bandanza, “because we have Autism Delaware POW&R participants who work for us and loved ones and friends impacted by autism spectrum disorder. T.J. Maxx associates actively participate in the annual Walk for Autism in Wilmington as well as other fundraisers throughout the year. To give back to the communities in which we serve, our company works closely with vetted nonprofit organizations, nontraditional work programs, and outreach programs.”
“This is a great partnership,” noted Autism Delaware POW&R director Katina Demetriou of T.J. Maxx’s participation in the adult employment program. “T.J. Maxx is committed to the local partnerships that employ people with autism and other disabilities.”