With the holidays right around the corner, employees at Home Office are getting into the spirit of the season and giving back. This year was the first for the new week-long Company initiative, Pulte Cares Service Week. Home Office’s Culture Council created the program to give employees the opportunity to take advantage of the 2 Volunteer time off (VTO) days full time employees have each year. For four days, over 30 employees volunteered and supported four different local organizations in the Atlanta-area:

Books for Africa: A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. The organization serves as the largest shipper of donated textbooks to the African continent. Employees worked to collect, sort, and prep books to be distributed to students of all ages. The Atlanta warehouse ships anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 books per week.

Junior Achievement: Their mission and goal is to help students become successful by teaching financial literature, career readiness, and entrepreneurship. Employees helped with JA Biztown, a simulated economy exercise where they mentored 6th graders through business and leadership exercises.

Veterans Empowerment Organization: This organization helps veterans become self-sufficient by providing housing, supportive services, job training and placement on their journey to an empowered life. Employees donated and served up a warm meal for veterans and painted rooms of the on-campus housing.
Project Open Hand: This organization helps individuals prevent or better manage chronic disease with home-delivered meals and nutrition education to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life. Employees helped with packaging meals for those in need.