At PRMI, we believe giving back reflects who we are as a company. It helps to fulfill a responsibility we have to our communities across the globe. We partner with charitable organizations that allow us to make a positive impact and empower children, families and communities worldwide.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
PRMI Giving Network volunteers lent their hands at the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity earlier this week, helping construct two homes for the “Field of Dreams-Eco Community” project in Kearns, Utah. Team members donated more than 150 hours over the course of two days to help build these homes for Utah families.
Developed by the nonprofit organization and the University of Utah, the “Field of Dreams-Eco Community” homes are the first of its kind. The energy efficient, 1,500-square-feet houses only use $1.50 in energy costs per day. Salt Lake County has approved twenty homes to be built in the new development. The Giving Network’s team members worked on the 1st and 2nd homes being built in the Field of Dreams project.
“We admire the great work that Habitat for Humanity does for low-income families in the community,” said Dave Zitting, Chief Executive Officer of PRMI. “As a local mortgage lender, we understand just how special and important owning a home is to a family. We are grateful for the opportunity to support a local organizations working towards satisfying the needs of our community.”
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates simple and affordable homes for low-income families. Recent surveys show nearly a quarter of homeowners in the U.S. pay more than 30 percent of their income to their housing, making it difficult to afford necessities such as food, clothing, or medical care. Stable housing is foundational to build self-reliance, stability, and quality of life. This is the second opportunity the PRMI Giving Network has worked on this Habitat for Humanity project in eight months.
“Our homes are for the most part built by volunteers allowing us to pass on the savings directly to our new homeowners, without them we cannot make these homes so affordable” said Candice Diggs, Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Salt Lake City.”
At PRMI, our people make a positive impact every day. PRMI Branch Manager Gina McCarty is a great example of how one person can help mobilize many more to make something great happen. Click here to read about how Gina McCarty and 250 other volunteers donated their time, resources, and efforts to beautify Oakdale, California. Thank you, Gina and volunteers, for helping PRMI transform communities across the globe!
The PRMI Giving Network partnered with the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake for the 8th annual Easter banquet at Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park. The Rescue Mission assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness, addition, or poverty throughout the state of Utah. Volunteers served lunch to 900 homeless people, painted faces, and donated hundreds of plastic eggs filled with candy to the event’s Easter egg hunt.
The PRMI Giving Network volunteered at Utah Community Action’s South Salt Lake Head Start Preschool over two days. The Head Start program helps children of families facing adversity prepare for school. Corporate volunteers helped prepare 5,000 meals for kids across the Salt Lake Valley and spent time playing with students. In addition, PRMI gifted each class with new items that promote learning.
Sixteen million children across the U.S. come from families struggling with extreme poverty. Recent studies show when kids have school supplies of their own, their grades and classroom behavior improve, their self-esteem strengthens, and their attitudes towards school and learning improve. During the eight-week PRMI Backpack Challenge, PRMI team members across the country raised over $89,000 for the Kids In Need Foundation to provide more than 3,500 backpacks full of school supplies to students attending Title I schools in the U.S.
During the eight-week PRMI Backpack Challenge, the Scottsdale Branch raised more than $5,000 for the Kids In Need Foundation. Branch members delivered 202 backpacks and 180 class supply packs to students Yavapai Elementary in Scottsdale.
Team members in Hawaii raised more than $14,000 for the Kids In Need Foundation during the PRMI Backpack Challenge. Their generous donations provided 500 backpacks to Kalihi Waena Elementary and more than 60 backpacks to Makaha Elementary during the PRMI Week of Giving.
Following the PRMI Backpack Challenge, the Mid-Atlantic Division donated 589 backpacks full of new school supplies to Padonia International Elementary during PRMI’s Week of Giving. The division raised more than $14,900 for the Kids In Need Foundation during the eight-week fundraising campaign.
695 students at Cornerstone Elementary now have the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom because of the $17,400 donation made by the Great Lakes Division. Along with their donation to the Kids In Need Foundation, the division gave each teacher a gift to express their gratitude.
During the eight-week Backpack Challenge, PRMI’s corporate office raised more than $21,000 for the Kids In Need Foundation. Team members delivered more than 840 backpacks for Jackson Elementary and Rose Park Elementary in Salt Lake City. The donations provided backpacks for each student at both schools.
Reports show more than 2,800 people are identified as homeless in the state of Utah. With the holiday season in full swing, employees from PRMI’s corporate office volunteered at the Volunteers of America, Utah Youth Resource Center. They prepared and served breakfast for homeless teens for two mornings.
PRMI corporate team members donated more than 200 volunteer hours to help build homes for Utah families. The “Field of Dreams-Eco Community” project is the first of its kind for the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity. These homes are 1,500-square-feet and extremely energy efficient with only $1.50 per day in energy costs.
Leading up to Read Across America day, PRMI held a week-long book drive and collected approximately 400 books. For the nationwide reading celebration, volunteers read books with students at James R. Russell (JRR), a local preschool for low-income families. PRMI donated the books and puppets for every classroom, provided each child a bag with a book to take home, and gave a gift to each teacher.
Elementary schools in remote areas of Costa Rica often lack the resources needed to help their students succeed. A group of PRMI employees visited a school in Ortega to donate supplies for learning and helped repair the facility.
A group of PRMI team members and their families volunteered at an SOS Children’s Village, which cares for orphaned and abandoned children in unsafe situations in Jamaica. Together they planted fruit trees, painted homes and gave the playground area a makeover. PRMI also provided an early Christmas surprise to the children and their caretakers.