Published June 18, 2013
Volume 21, Number 6

  • Employees from Hacienda’s Ellie Mae volunteered on June 7 to help Habitat for Humanity build homes in Walnut Creek. The effort was part of an employee-led program called EllieCares, which encourages employees to support local charities with their time and effort. Over the past four years more than 70 percent of Ellie Mae’s Bay Area staff have participated in company-affiliated volunteer efforts.

    “Giving back to the community and sharing our success is a core part of Ellie Mae’s culture,” said Sig Anderman, CEO. “The decision to come out in force to help Habitat for Humanity build these homes for deserving families was made by our employees, not the company. But it seems like a natural fit, given that our technology is used to originate 20% of all mortgages in the U.S. each year.”
  • Hacienda-headquartered Ross Stores made a cash contribution of $100,000 to American Red Cross Oklahoma Spring Storms 2013 relief efforts. The donation will help the Red Cross prepare for and respond to the recent disasters, and provide services such as food, shelter, relief supplies, and emotional support to those impacted across the state. The raised additional funds by accepting customer donations to the American Red Cross from May 23rd through May 31st at its 1,112 Ross Dress for Less and 115 dd’s DISCOUNTS locations.

    “We are committed to helping with relief efforts for our neighbors in Oklahoma who were impacted by the devastation from the recent tornadoes,” said Michael Balmuth, Vice Chairman and CEO. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to everyone who suffered losses as a result of these destructive storms.”
  • The recent Maddie's Fund event, Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, succeeded in finding new homes for nearly 8,000 animals nationwide, including roughly 3,800 in the Bay Area. As part of the effort, Maddie’s Fund founders Dave and Cheryl Duffield are also scheduled to donate between $5 and $7 million to participating shelters and rescues for the weekend adoptions to help them defer costs incurred in rehabilitating sick or injured animals and for overall operational expenses. “This amount (of adoptions) is significantly more than we anticipated,” said Dave. “We couldn't be happier.”

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