Holiday Spirit at Pardee Homes
Giving back to the communities where we work and live has been a part of our culture at Pardee Homes for the past 90 years. Nine years ago, we decided to pass on the company holiday party so we could do even more for select charities.
Pardee’s financial support combined with employee volunteer hours and personal contributions helped us to spread holiday cheer again this year in the areas where we build homes—and it touched a lot of hearts throughout Pardee Homes, as well.
Thanks to many generous Pardee Homes employees, we were able to deliver individual gifts for nearly 60 residents of RAIN Program Transitional Living Center in Camarillo, which provides housing and training for independent living. We also hosted a book drive and professional clothing drive, and presented a check to the facility. It means a lot to us to be able to offer a helping hand to others. Our friends at Mohawk donated carpeting, Holiday Carpet donated the padding and installation, and ValleyCrest Landscape Companies volunteered an appearance by Santa Claus!
Carousel Ranch in Santa Clarita provides therapeutic equestrian programs for the disabled.
This year, we sponsored the 5th annual “Santa Day”, complete with crafts, refreshments, and other fun ways for the children to celebrate the holidays in a familiar and comfortable setting. One of the highlights for us was this amazing “thank you” video. We were also delighted to make a donation to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.
Twenty-four at-risk teens who live at Olive Crest Children’s Ranch in Perris received some much needed gifts, and our program also provided two televisions and DVD players to the facility. Founded in 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of 50,000 abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families.
In San Diego, we were able to assist the Military Outreach annual holiday dinner, and provide new bicycles and helmets to 10 underprivileged children through BIA Cares 2011 Bike Drive. BIA Cares is the charitable foundation of the Building Industry Association of San Diego, which for the past 15 years has provided bikes to more than 6,400 underprivileged children and to 65 different charities in San Diego County.
Funds were also available to assist a number of young single mothers and their babies who reside at HomeAid San Diego’s Home Start Shelter.
Thanks for letting us share our enthusiasm for these charities, and for Pardee Homes’ Holiday Giving Program. We’ve posted many more photos on our Facebook pages. Come say hello! Pardee Homes, Pardee Homes LA/Ventura, Pardee Homes Las Vegas, Pardee Homes San Diego, and Pardee Homes Inland Empire. If you’d like to learn more about any of the charities, please just click on the links.