Making a Difference: Chef Heather Hilliard Cooks Up Community Service
Chef Heather Hilliard just can’t stay out of the kitchen. In addition to her duties as chef at the Lexmark Center for Children in Kentucky, the Lexington Ronald McDonald House and the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church have also benefited from her culinary skills. “Heather has a long history of volunteering in the community,” says Executive Director Angela Brant. “We are happy to have her enthusiasm and encouragement as we look for ways for our Bright Horizons staff to have an active role in our community.” Angela nominated Heather for a Community Champion Award, which she recently received.
Heather recently led a team of staff members and families to serve community dinner to people in need of a hot meal and companionship at the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. They hope to return to the church again.
At the Ronald McDonald House, “Heather planned a menu to feed 40 people based on the amount of money we raised as a staff, ordered the food, prepped ingredients, and then coached staff members in the preparation,” says Angela. “We served the food, met some of the residents, and took a tour of the Ronald McDonald House. It was a great experience, and we hope to continue to serve the RMH.”
A true Community Champion, Heather is not stopping there. She is also organizing a Brightening Lives activity to provide personal care packs for families and individuals in need. Each Friday, staff are encouraged to bring in one or more personal care items in exchange for a free Better Together Jeans Day. Next, the items will be sorted and bundle them into packs to make someone’s day a little bit better. The packs will be distributed to community agencies.
If you know of a Bright Horizons Family Solutions employee who is making an impact on their community through volunteering with a nonprofit organization, please complete the Community Champion Nomination Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising. Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at email@example.com.