Austin, TX (September 8, 2017): David Weekley Homes hosted its third companywide CA+RE School Supplies Drive in 18 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 while also providing these children with supplies needed for school.
“Every year, the children at Helping Hand Home begin the school year with a little bit of excitement, and often, a lot of fear,” said Katy Rothfelder, development coordinator for Helping Hand Home for Children. “Many have not set foot in a classroom before, experienced the structure of a school day or had their own supplies to aid in their learning. With their annual back-to-school drive, David Weekley Homes has supported the children at Helping Hand Home with all of these challenges. With their generosity, the kids at Helping Hand Home stride into the classroom with backpack, pencils, binders and all, ready to learn and take on every challenge.”
Approximately 40 backpacks filled with school supplies, valued at $5,500, were collected from David Weekley team members, homeowners, homebuyers and vendors during the drive, which benefited 40 children. The drive also collected monetary donations to provide each child with a new pair of tennis shoes for PE class. After collecting the donations, team members invested 20 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.
“There is so much excitement that comes with the start of a new school year, as you get a new teacher, meet new friends and get new school supplies,” said Lisa Ahart, division coordinator for David Weekley Homes. “I love that our Austin Team was able to support Helping Hand Home for Children with our school supplies drive. I don’t think we can even begin to understand the huge impact our contributions make to the children in the home. They will be able to start their school year with their own supplies, and hopefully the knowledge that they are special and loved. Although a seemingly small one, it is a step toward rebuilding hope.”
The drive was an initiative of the company’s CARE program, which is a charitable and volunteer program that partners team members, homeowners, homebuyers and community partners with nonprofits 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 David Weekley Homes
David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 22 cities 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.” Weekley has also appeared 11 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s website at www.davidweekleyhomes.com.