As published in Scotsman Guide's Residential Edition, July 2008.
Participants World Alliance Financial employees
Project Volunteering with Christmas in Action of Oakland County, Mich.
Site Waterford, Mich.
How This past April 26, 10 World Alliance Financial employees joined Christmas in Action of Oakland County to repair the Waterford homes of two seniors.
Christmas in Action is a nonprofit organization that offers free home repairs for low-income, senior homeowners. Through the organization's volunteer program, the repairs take place on the last Saturday of each April.
The group also holds various fundraising events throughout the year, according to its Web site.
David Peskin, CEO of World Alliance Financial, says that this was the first time his company's employees volunteered with Christmas in Action. They now plan to do so every year, he says.
Why Employees in the company's Michigan office were compelled to volunteer with the organization because of its mission to help rebuild homes for senior homeowners in low-income areas, Peskin says.
He adds that World Alliance -- a reverse-mortgage lender -- also is involved with other charitable organizations to help seniors. This past May, he says, the company partnered with the National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights in Washington, D.C., and with the National Association of Homebuilders and Rebuild Together to refurbish a home for two older residents of New Orleans.
Impact For the April project, World Alliance volunteers spent the day on jobs such as painting, repairing a roof, installing new carpet, and installing new kitchen cabinets, sinks and countertops.
"The homeowners were very touched and surprised at the number of people who turned out to help them," Peskin says.
The employees who volunteered also say they enjoyed the experience, according to Peskin.
"They felt they were getting something out of what they did because they donated their time and energy," he says. "They appreciated it more because of that."
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