At the core of Academy Mortgage is a strong commitment to community and a drive to give back to those in need. The Central Valley Region in California is doing its part by trying to put a dent in hunger, one meal at a time.
Garrit McGuire, a Loan Officer in the Manteca office said, “Over the past few years, I have seen many of our top leaders at Academy do great things for their communities as well as on a global level. This past year, after working on our service trip in Peru, I was moved, to say the least. In our region, we had discussed doing something like this several times, but people got busy.”
McGuire called Bill Sohan, a Regional Manager in Maryland, to get some ideas rolling about what they could do to give back. Sohan suggested doing the Stop Hunger Now campaign that he had participated in at the Academy Summit Meeting.
McGuire enlisted the help of Diana Gonzalez, the District Marketing Manager, to help organize the event. Gonzalez said, “Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. Their meal-packing program allows us, as volunteers, to participate by raising funds to pay for the cost of the meals and to package the meals.”
The meals are then distributed to those in need, either people in crisis or students in school food programs.
Once they set the goal of how much food to pack, then they knew how much money they had to raise. Gonzalez said, “We exceeded our goal and we were able to pack 11,448 meals. About one third of our total donations came from Garrit McGuire shaving his beard and his hair.”
The Stop Hunger Now Campaign made it simple for the Region to help out. McGuire said, “Once the date is set, and we start raising the funds for it, they show up at the meeting place where you hold the event. Then they bring the dry goods and supplies and all of the equipment you need. They crank up the music, and make it fun! People in our business are naturally competitive, so we all race each other bagging the food and putting it together.”
McGuire was impressed by all of those who showed up to sacrifice their time off for others. “I had a few agents and people after the event come up to me, telling me how much they got out of it. Not a lot of people in our company get to see how much Academy gives back and what we believe in here. I have never worked for an organization that truly cares like Academy.”
For more information on how you can help out with the Stop Hunger Campaign, go to http://www.stophungernow.org/.