All recipients nominated by local managing directors, with 11 new offices participating this year
In the third year of NorthMarq’s Community Involvement Grants program, the company has awarded $5,000 grants in 16 cities, to a total of 18 non-profits focused on affordable housing and reducing homelessness. This annual giving effort started two years ago, and has grown from 10 offices participating the first year to 18 office locations this year.
“While we support other areas of giving, like the nearly $200,000 donated to Feeding America earlier this year from our company and employees, this program is designed to encourage giving in communities where all of you work. What’s most exciting this year is that 11 of the offices are new participants in the program thereby expanding our giving reach and developing new relationships,” said Jeff Weidell. “A big thank you to all of the Managing Directors who participated this year.”
In the weeks ahead, we’ll be highlighting the work being done by some of these nonprofits and the offices who nominated them on northmarq.com, and on our social media channels, celebrating the coming holiday season of giving and community.
Thanks to the new offices participating this year: Austin, Omaha, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Kansas City, New Jersey, Orlando, Richmond, San Antonio, Seattle. Special recognition to the offices that have participated all three years: San Diego, White Plains, and Houston.
Three-peat recipient Wartburg was submitted by Robert Ranieri from the White Plains, New York office. “This community involvement grant has meant so much to Wartburg and its mission to provide affordable housing to senior citizens in this area. The funds are targeted for social programs at the housing complex designed for seniors such as exercise classes, transportation to local events, shopping excursions and music classes. Since the grants have been provided, they have been able to offer more programs and services to these low income senior residents,” he said.
In Houston, Kristi Johnson, analyst, and Kerry French, managing director, also nominated the same organization for three years. “We are grateful for NorthMarq’s continuing support of New Hope Housing here in Houston. New Hope Housing provides a fresh start and dignity to underserved portions of our population who otherwise aren’t necessarily afforded that opportunity. Sometimes people just need one person to take a chance on them to turn their lives around, and we see evidence of that every day in the good work that New Hope Housing is doing in our community to provide housing, support services, and training for some of Houston’s most vulnerable populations,” said Kristi.