Academy’s commitment to service initiatives—both at home and abroad—defines our culture and differentiates us from banks and other mortgage lenders. We believe we have a responsibility to give back to families and communities whose needs are great and whose resources are limited. We fulfill this responsibility through partnerships with housing-related nonprofit organizations; local service projects to benefit the homeless, children, Veterans, and disadvantaged groups; and through our biennial Service Expeditions, our highest reward for production at Academy.
To ease the villagers’ burden of having to travel long distances to reach a water source, more than 100 Academy volunteers built a small reservoir and provided medical and dental clinics. They also helped with the construction of a Production Center where the villagers can produce handicrafts to sell, allowing them to stay and earn a living in Amaru.
Each year, the Montrose Branch invites clients, referral partners, and affiliates to join them at lunch time for Hog Rock BBQ (a local meat aficionado) and enjoy camaraderie and fun in the sun. It’s also a great excuse to get as many people as possible together in a small community! The same weekend, the Branch partnered with the local Habitat for Humanity and hosted a Habitat Build Day, bringing together the Branch, Home Office representatives, referral partners, and affiliates to participate in shenanigans and storytelling while building a family’s future home.
The Glen Burnie Branch has been a long-time supporter of its local MDL Give-A-Book program, delivering personalized children’s storybooks to many groups of at-risk students. This year’s reading celebration was held at a local Head Start center, where each of the 90+ students received a storybook with their names mentioned throughout the story, thanks to Academy’s continued generous sponsorship. Branch Manager Shawn Williams even stayed to read a story—now that’s a great ending!
Paint the Town is one of the largest volunteer events in the Northwest. Since 1982 nearly 86,500 volunteers have painted over 3,150 homes in the area for senior and disabled residents. Meridian and Eagle Branch volunteers spent several hours prepping a home for paint prior to actually painting it. The owner of the home has several severe health issues, including failing vision, a pacemaker, and being an amputee. When the painting and yard work had been completed, the homeowner was touched by the volunteers’ hard work. The Branches are continuing their effort for the homeowner by raising enough money to install new doors and fix an exterior wall.
Several team members from the Mesa Branch spent an evening giving back to the kids at the Child Crisis Center. The kids and adults alike had so much fun, and thanks to donations from many Branch members, the Branch was able to donate $5,000 to the center. The center is more than just a local charity. It has been providing safety, encouragement, and a home to over 13,300 children since 1981.
The Vancouver Branch helped their local Clark County Food Bank bag an entire pallet’s worth of dog and cat food for pet owners in need.
Over 250 Academy Mortgage managers from across the United States, in conjunction with the annual Leadership Summit, worked together to make more than 1,000 fleece blankets from 2,500 pounds of fabric for local Utah charities.