Austin, TX (September 1, 2016): David Weekley Homes hosted its second annual companywide Back to School Supply Drive in 22 cities across the country. In Austin, school supplies were collected for Helping Hand Home for Children, an organization that helps severely abused children rebound from trauma and rediscover childhood.
“The school supply drive gives our children a sense of belonging and feeling cared for that they are not used to,” said Jamie Lounsbury, Education and Intake Manager with Helping Hand Home for Children. “Our kids feel different than their peers because they don’t have a family and oftentimes have never stayed in one school for a whole year. All of our kids are very excited to show off their new backpacks and supplies.”
Items valued at nearly $3,000 were collected during the drive, which benefited 42 children. After collecting the donations, team members invested 10 hours sorting the supplies and delivering them to the organization to ensure the supplies would be distributed in time for the students to begin school with the tools needed to be successful.
“It’s the Weekley Way, to give back to our community and it’s important that every child starts the year off feeling good about themselves,” said Mike Huus, Construction Manager with David Weekley Homes. “Helping a child start the school year better prepared is a small way we can set the stage for a more successful year of learning.”
The drive was an initiative of the company’s CARE program, which is a charitable and volunteer program that partners team members with homeowners, homebuyers and community partners with nonprofit organizations to make a positive impact in the lives of everyone it touches and in all the communities it builds through its purpose, Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives. This is accomplished by company team members volunteering countless hours to different organizations in their communities and by The David Weekley Family Foundation donating more than $100 million to a variety of organizations through the U.S. and abroad over the past 20 years.
About Helping Hand Home for Children
Helping Hand Home for Children is an organization that helps severely abused children rebound from trauma and rediscover childhood while also providing these children with supplies needed for school.
About David Weekley Homes
David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held home builder, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016. Headquartered in Houston, the company operates in 23 cities and 13 states across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” David Weekley Homes has also appeared nine times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since 1976, the company has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information, visit www.davidweekleyhomes.com.