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McCarthy Building Cos. receives OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Veterans First of Orange County honored organization for their work with “Heart Hats” program

by Carly CaumaintPublished: June 06, 2012 08:55 AM

Santa Ana-based Veterans First of Orange County has awarded McCarthy Building Companies with a OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism 2012 Outstanding Volunteer Award during OneOC’s 36th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on April 20.

The OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is one of the oldest awards programs in Orange County. The awards recognize the service of those individuals, teams, and businesses that help contribute to the Orange County community as a whole.

A number of nonprofit community organizations and companies honored Orange County community members and employee volunteers for the time and talent they invest to help better the community. McCarthy, headquartered in Newport Beach, was selected for the volunteer award in recognition for the company’s work on a facility improvement project at the Veterans First housing complex in Anaheim.

The project included the contribution of both time and resources on behalf of McCarthy employees for facility improvements during their paid workdays.

Donations included more than 28 new mattresses, box spring sets and new bedding to the veterans. All labor and donations totaled $20,000.

More than a dozen McCarthy Heart Hats participants helped hang drywall, paint, install carpeting, kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, build an outdoor shed, and conduct yard cleanup and landscape improvements. The project also had building support from outside volunteers and donors including Bergelectic, Borbon, Inc., Capparelli Contracting, Signiture Flooring and Southern California Environmental.

Ray LaTour, IT Manager at McCarthy who also served in the U.S. Navy, accepted the Spirit of Volunteerism Award for his help in the Veterans First site improvement project.

“As a disabled veteran myself, the plight of homeless and disabled vets means a great deal to me,” said LaTour. “I understand how difficult it is to function in today’s society when you are physically challenged, and it’s even more difficult in a challenging economy. I’m glad to be a part of helping my fellow comrades to get back on their feet and make a better life for themselves.”

A nonprofit rehabilitation facility, Veterans First, provides housing and essential services to homeless and low-income military veterans residing in Orange County. Veterans are provided with housing, counseling, transportation, food, job training and placement assistance.  

The McCarthy Heart Hats community involvement program recognizes and supports the volunteer efforts of their employees always making sure that real needs are being met in communities where people are building their lives. The McCarthy “Heart Hats” goal is to involve their employees in services that will improve these communities.

“It was an absolute honor to nominate McCarthy Building Companies for this award, and we look forward to a strong partnership with McCarthy for years to come,” said President and CEO of Veterans First, Deanne Tate.

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