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Residential Department: Helping Hands: Option Once Mortgage Corp.: August 2007


Helping Hands: Option Once Mortgage Corp.

Each month, Helping Hands features a mortgage professional or group that has volunteered to lend a hand to others in need

Name Kim Denger, director of corporate affairs, and other employees, Option One Mortgage Corp.0807_helpinghands_res

Project Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (Calif.)’s Women Build program

Site Huntington Beach, Calif.

How Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity program that “encourages women and girls to have fun and make a difference by building homes and communities,” according to the organization’s Web site,

Denger, a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, joined more than 40 other Option One employees, friends and family members in 2006 to volunteer at a Women Build site in Huntington Beach. The Option One volunteers wore pink T-shirts.

“We thought it would be a fun element to highlight the work on the build site through a vibrant color that is often associated with women,” Denger says.

In total, the Option One employees volunteered more than 300 hours over six months on the home build, which Denger says the company also sponsored. Volunteers’ activities included framing the home and gardening, she says.

Why Denger says she has been involved with Habitat for Humanity since July 1999, the same month that Option One started working with the organization.

“We partner with Habitat for Humanity to help families realize the dream of homeownership,” Denger says.

Since 1999, the company has participated in 38 projects in 17 states, she says.

Impact The Huntington Beach home was completed and dedicated in July 2006. It was Habitat’s third Women Build home in Orange County.

Habitat for Humanity plans two Women Build projects in Fullerton, Calif., this year. Construction on the first home began this past July, says Gladys Hernandez, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County’s coordinator of media and community relations.

Denger says that Option One is a sponsor of one of this year’s Fullerton Women Build projects, as well as other Habitat for Humanity builds in the area.

“[Volunteering] is a great way to spend time away from the office with your coworkers,” Denger says, “and it’s rewarding to see the difference that you can make as a volunteer.”

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Ivanna C. Sukkar was an editor at Scotsman Guide. For questions on this article, call (800) 297-6061 or e-mail

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