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Best Buddies

Apr 20
8:55
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Category | In the Community

On April 9th, Homestead Funding Corp. participated in the 2017 Best Buddies Friendship Walk at Crossgates Mall in Albany, NY. This is Homestead’s second year as a sponsor for Best Buddies, and so far we’ve raised almost $8,000!

Best Buddies was founded in 1989 when Anthony K. Shriver observed the lack of opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to socialize with their peers without disabilities. The upstate New York office is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement to create opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with IDD.

Through Best Buddies, people with IDD have successfully moved from segregation and desolation to a new acceptance in their schools and communities.  Best Buddies programs are positively impacting over 1,500 students with and without disabilities on 29 campuses throughout upstate New York.

As an organization, Best Buddies raised $170k at the walk this year! Keep up the great work Best Buddies, we feel honored to be a part of what you do!

To learn more about Homestead’s Helping Hands, please visit us at

https://homesteadfunding.com/pages/homesteads-helping-hands.


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Homestead Funding is taking part in the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program for a second year! Our corporate office is a drop-off site where you can come and donate new, unwrapped toys to be given to children in need. We are hoping to bring smiles to as many children as we can this holiday season, so we need your help. Stop by our office anytime during business hours with a toy for a less fortunate child and look for the box displaying jolly Old Saint Nick in our lobby. Let’s work together to make this a happy holiday for boys and girls all over the Capital Region!

Toys for Tots was founded by Major Bill Hendricks of the United States Marine Corps Reserves in Los Angeles, California in 1947 when his wife wanted to donate a Raggedy Ann doll to a poor child but couldn’t find an organization that would do such. Major Hendricks then gathered a group of local Marine reserves and together they collected around 5,000 toys. Due to their success, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign the following year. In that year, Walt Disney designed the now famous red train logo and created the first national Toys for Tots poster. It wasn’t until 1996, however, that the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve allowed for select Marine Corps League Detachments and local community groups to conduct toy collections so that areas without a Marine Reserve center could still participate, thus finally bringing the charity to all 50 states.

Every year since its founding, Toys for Tots has continued to grow and gain recognition through the federal government and various celebrity endorsements and is now promoted on many televised holiday specials and at large public events. The charity also continues to be recognized as one of the greatest charity organizations in America by the Philanthropy 400. No matter what troubles our nation has faced, there has always been kindness and love to bring joy to everyone during the holidays.


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Volunteer as a Family this Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again where the world is colder but hearts seem to be warmer as people are preparing for the holidays. It’s a time to come together with family and friends and share food and laughter, but why not share those times while also helping others? This year, try to find a way to work together and give back to the community and those in need.

Donate: Pick a charity to donate to as a family so everyone feels more involved, and then set donation goals to add motivation. Have your kids go through their old clothes, toys, and other things that never get used and have them choose things to donate. Take them shopping to buy presents to donate to Toys for Tots, or have them designate a piggy bank for money to be donated.

Create: Get the kids together and have them make cards to those in your community who deserve a little extra love this season. Make an afternoon of it and invite your children’s friends to join in. Craft thank you cards to bring to the local fire department, police station, or to any local volunteers seen out in the cold or at the front door of various shelters. Deliver homemade cards to nursing homes or to a homeless shelter or hospital. If you plan far enough ahead you can even send some overseas to our troops who deserve a little holiday cheer.

Go Out: Many charities and organizations throw benefit events that the whole family can participate in. Concerts, dinners, mini festivals, and races are usually sponsored either by a charitable organization, or by a company intending to use the money for charity. Go out as a family and spend a little time and money having fun and supporting a good cause.

Get Your Hands Dirty: If you have older kids, look into Habitat for Humanity. The charity takes volunteers as young as 16 (18 to use power tools) to help build affordable housing for low-income families. They have people available to teach you, so don’t worry about not being overly construction-savvy. If you have younger kids, try looking into local trash pick-up or adopt a highway projects and spend an afternoon cleaning up your community.

Puppy Love: Don’t forget about all the fluffy little guys who also deserve your help this season. If you don’t have the lifestyle to foster a pet of your own, look into helping out at an animal shelter this season as many of them will be in need of temporary help. Also look and see if any of the shelters in your area are in need of food, toys, or other pet supplies items that you could provide. Take the whole family when you drop off the donations and briefly visit all the four-legged friends who will benefit from your kindness.


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Drew Aiello Runs 2016 NYC Marathon!

Can you believe it?! We actually had ANOTHER Homestead Funding Corp. employee complete the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6th

We want to give big Homestead Funding congratulations to Drew Aiello, Senior Loan Originator, for successfully completing the NYC marathon! He is part of our Southern Clifton Park, NY branch.

Running a marathon takes determination, hard work, and commitment and these are three things that Drew possesses. Drew is one of our top producing Loan Originators and has been in the mortgage industry for the last twenty years. Running a marathon and being a successful Loan Originator require the same set of skills so it’s no surprise why he’s been so successful. We are so proud of you.

Congratulations Drew! This is a huge accomplishment.

 

About Homestead Funding Corp.
Homestead Funding Corp. is a multi-state licensed mortgage banker with branches located throughout the eastern U.S. In operation since 1995, our corporate headquarters is located in Albany, New York where we have perennially been the area's largest independent mortgage lender. We have tens of thousands of satisfied customers, originated billions of dollars in residential mortgage loans and maintained a reputation of exceptional service, honesty, integrity and financial reliability.

To learn more about Homestead Funding Corp please visit www.homesteadfunding.com. For press inquiries, please contact Public Relations at 518-464-1100 x 735 or drutherford@homesteadfunding.com


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Giving Back

Nov 9
3:42
PM
Category | In the Community

Homestead’s Own Guides Blind Runner in NYC Marathon

Do me a favor. Think about your day. Think about all of the things you do during your day. Now, think about what it would be like to do all of those things with your eyes closed. Could you do it? I know I couldn’t.

Over the weekend, Anthony (Tony) Felitte, a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Homestead Funding Corp., in partnership with Achilles International (NY Chapter), participated as a guide for Vladimir Chestnov, 58, in the New York City Marathon. Vladimir is from Russia, and he is completely blind. With the help of Tony and two other guides, only one of whom spoke Russian, Vladimir was able to complete the marathon this weekend in 4 hours and 27 minutes.

While this was an amazing accomplishment for Vladimir, the experience didn’t only change his life in a positive way, it also had a significant impact on Tony’s life.

Tony has been running and cycling his entire life. He’s competed in 17 marathons, as well as countless IRONMAN® competitions and cycling races. When I asked Tony how he got involved with Achilles, he said that throughout his years of competing in marathons, he was always in awe, and personally affected, when he saw a person with a disability competing. It made him realize that as hard as it was for him, it was that much more difficult for someone with a disability.  Ultimately, Tony decided that he wanted to be able to help make someone’s personal dream of running a marathon not just a dream, but a reality. He said that “in your life, you strive to be a better person. I love the sport [of running], but that day it wasn’t about me, it was about him [Vladimir].”

I asked Tony to describe the experience to me, and what it was like helping guide someone who didn’t speak the same language as you. He said that although they didn’t speak the same language, and couldn’t communicate with their words, after they finished the race, when Mr. Chestnov grabbed his hand and with tears in his eyes pulled him in for an enormous hug; it was in that moment Tony understood just how much he had helped him.

Tony is just one of our many employees at Homestead who is contributing to our community and making a difference. To learn more about the different charities Homestead Funding Corp. is involved in as an organization, please visit our Homestead’s Helping Hands page.

About Homestead Funding Corp.
Homestead Funding Corp. is a multi-state licensed mortgage banker with branches located throughout the eastern U.S. In operation since 1995, our corporate headquarters is located in Albany, New York where we have perennially been the area's largest independent mortgage lender. We have tens of thousands of satisfied customers, originated billions of dollars in residential mortgage loans and maintained a reputation of exceptional service, honesty, integrity and financial reliability.

To learn more about Homestead Funding Corp please visit www.homesteadfunding.com. For press inquiries, please contact Public Relations at 518-464-1100 x 735 or drutherford@homesteadfunding.com


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