In October, Panasonic became the latest corporate partner to support CHNJ. Despite working from home, Panasonic employees across the country came together as a team to help NJ youth facing homelessness. Thank you to Eleazar Gutierrez, Sr. Community Affairs Specialist, Office of Social Impact & Inclusion (OSII) for coordinating the session. Eleazar brought together almost 40 Panasonic employees to learn about our mission and the services we provide. In addition to learning more about CHNJ, the employees participated in Project Helping “Kynd Kits” for our youth.
Project Helping is a mental wellness organization which creates meaningful, social, and accessible volunteer experiences. The experiences help people improve their mental wellness through service. Support for the mental health of our youth happens to also be one of the many services that we provide. Employees got to work assembling cold weather kits which included socks, hats, gloves and hand warmers. They also added in their own personal messages of encouragement. The youth at CHNJ’s crisis center in Newark will receive the kits in early December, just in time for the arrival of the cold winter weather.
Janette Dubenezic, Development Director at CHNJ said, “We are grateful to Panasonic for their partnership and their employees for providing our young people with these essential items. When a young person arrives at our door it is critical that their immediate needs are met. In many ways, it is the first step in building a meaningful relationship with our front-line staff. The relationships made help young people transform their lives as our youth begin to believe in themselves and their potential.”
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