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$10K Awarded to New Jersey Business That Employs Individuals with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities

Little Falls



By: Richard L. Smith 

Thanks to the communities’ support, Hanson & Ryan, Inc. has officially awarded a $10,000 donation to Little Falls’ Ethan & the Bean, a local organization dedicated to increasing the employment rate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Officials said the $10,000 award will help support the café and the volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to the organization.

Ethan & the Bean is also looking to expand to a new location, and these funds would assist with moving costs.

Carol Voorhis, Hanson & Ryan Account Executive and Head of Philanthropy, originally received a $5,000 donation for Ethan & the Bean thanks to a submission process with Liberty Mutual® and Safeco Insurance® through their 2023 Make More Happen™ Awards.

Officials say a story of their local partnership was featured on the official Make More Happen microsite,, where Hanson & Ryan had the opportunity to raise an additional $5,000 by conducting a local awareness campaign for the nonprofit.

Together with the community, the goal was met, increasing the total donation to $10,000 for Ethan & the Bean!

Throughout 2023, Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance will select up to 37 independent agents nationwide for a Make More Happen Award donating up to $370,000 to the nonprofits they support.

Agencies became eligible for the award by submitting an application and photos demonstrating their commitment to a specific nonprofit.