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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.


General

Make Breakfast. Many people chose to have a light breakfast or skip the meal all together in order to prepare themselves for the feast yet to come, but indulging yourself in a fun, festive, and delicious breakfast could really brighten your day from the start. Enjoy some pancakes, waffles, or cinnamon rolls as the family gets ready to watch the parade, or treat yourself to some morning pumpkin pie.

Display Your Gratitude. Decorations are an important part of any holiday, and what could make a better decoration than the lovely thoughts and thanks of your loved ones? Find a fun way to display what everyone is thankful for. Write your blessings on paper leaves and use them to make a wreath. Then you can bring this decoration back out each year and add to it so it becomes a beautiful piece of family artwork. If you don’t feel like turning your thanks into a presentation, you can have everyone write them in a notebook that you keep safe from year to year.

Get Everyone Involved. Making and serving dinner doesn’t have to be a one person job. Find little ways so everyone can help. Small children are generally quite willing, so find easy jobs for them like mixing up the potatoes or setting the table. Have older kids help with serving - maybe put them in charge of serving dessert, or ask them to help with the clean-up. The work is more fun (and goes faster) when everyone pitches in.

Take a Walk Outside. Let your body digest and enjoy the autumn air with a family walk right after dinner. If the weather is nice and your tummies are full, it might be nice to take in the season and enjoy a family walk in the great outdoors.

End the Day as a Family. Whether you chose to watch a movie or play a game, the best way to end Turkey Day is all together. Choose something you’ll all enjoy doing and sit together for an hour or two. If you want, you can switch up your last activity of the day every year, or the game you play or the movie you chose to watch can become its own tradition that comes back to warm your hearts each and every year.


In the Community

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

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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


Informational

Happy Veterans Day

In order to honor Veterans, Active Duty Military & Reservists who are eligible for a VA loan, Homestead Funding will be offering a $195 lender credit*. You served your country with honor now let Homestead honor your service! To learn more about this special credit or the VA Program contact your Homestead Funding Loan Originator.

*$195 Closing Cost Discount offer good for purchases and refinances. Veterans discount must be mentioned at initial mortgage application. Application must be made starting November 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016, but the transaction may close at any time within 90 days of application. Loan must close to receive discount. DD-214/Certificate of Eligibility may be required. This discount may not be combined with any other discount offer.


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