Mercury Insurance Celebrates Partnership with Habitat for Humanity
Mercury Insurance is proud to have partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Homes 4 Families to build a neighborhood for veteran residents. More than 100 Mercury volunteers helped construct the 78-home, all-veteran community.
“This project is extremely special to us because our founder, George Joseph, is a veteran who flew 50 missions over Italy and North Africa during World War II, and many of our employees are veterans or have family members who are currently serving,” said Liz Romero, Mercury’s senior employee relations specialist. “This is one of the many ways we say thank you to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our freedom.”
The homes feature two styles – a one-story model with three bedrooms and two bathrooms; and a two-story model with four bedrooms and three bathrooms – and include a two-car garage, solar panels and washer and dryer hookups. The Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® community also includes a wide array of services, such as credit counseling, financial literacy classes, trauma-informed art and music workshops, employment and life skills, parenting skills, a mentorship program, educational programming for military children, and more.
“The sacrifices veterans make are huge, which is why we are determined to give them a place to call home,” said Donielle De Leon, Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys director of corporate and community engagement. “These homes can only happen when companies like Mercury Insurance make financial contributions and employees come out and put their brawn behind the finances to build homes for our veterans.”
Here are a few things Mercury employees had to say about their time volunteering:
“Volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity build has always been on my bucket list. It’s great to get to work as a team and spend time with my colleagues. The icing on the cake was meeting some of the people who will receive homes in this community and working side by side with them.” – Chris O’Rourke, Mercury’s vice president of property claims.
“Being at the Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV build feels really good. I want to help veterans because it hits close to home for me.” – Kushwinder Sharma, Mercury senior software developer.
“We’ve always wanted to help build a home and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend Sara’s birthday weekend. Helping others is just a great thing to do.” – Cheryl Makeever, Mercury claims specialist II, and her wife Sara Makeever.
“We planned for this event for some time. It’s our goal to volunteer more and having my sons participate was really important. I want them to learn at a young age to give back to the community.” – Edward Chin, Mercury’s regional manager for material damage, who brought his two sons ages 16 and 20.
Congratulations to all of the homeowners who have been able to secure affordable housing through programs like Habitat for Humanity and Homes 4 Families. Mercury employees were honored to lend their hands, hearts and muscles for this great cause.
For information about donating and volunteering, visit Habitat for Humanity’s website or call (800) 422-4828.