As the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq passed last month, thoughts turn to men and women who have risked their lives and left their families at home to serve and protect all of our families. The McCarthy Heart Hats of Newport Beach, McCarthy Building Companies’ employee volunteer group, have reached out to help military personnel and their families for the last several years through clothing and holiday toy drives as well as other service activities. After learning more about the plight of homeless and disabled veterans in Orange County, they wanted to do even more to help these forgotten and neglected heroes who have fallen on hard times.
Just recently, over a dozen Heart Hats conducted volunteer construction work including hanging drywall; painting; installing carpeting, kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures; building an outdoor shed; and conducting yard cleanup and landscape improvements at the Veteran’s First housing complex in Anaheim. Veterans First is a non-profit rehabilitation facility that provides housing and financial assistance to homeless and low-income military veterans in Orange County. The services are provided in an effort to help disadvantaged veterans get back on their feet so that they may live a self-sufficient, productive life again.
In addition to providing labor for the facility improvements, one extremely generous McCarthy employee donated over 28 new mattresses and box spring sets, and several others gave sheets, blankets and other bedding to the veterans. Additional volunteers and donors from Bergelectic, Borbon, Inc., Capparelli Contracting, Signature Flooring and Southern California Environmental helped with the improvement work. All in all, approximately $20,000 in labor and donations were made by this team of construction workers, some of which are U.S. veterans themselves or have fa
mily members currently serving our country.
The Heart Hat service project was organized by Jerod Plante, McCarthy assistant project manager; Dana Greaney, administrative assistant on the John Wayne Airport Terminal C project; and Linda Osborn, office manager at McCarthy’s Newport Beach office.
Founded in 1971, Veterans First is Orange County’s only 501c(3) nonprofit agency that provides services exclusively to homeless and low-income military veterans and their families. Through the nonprofit’s Santa Ana service center and its nine houses within Orange County, Veterans First assists those who have served our country with housing, counseling, transportation and food, as well as job training and placement assistance.
For more information, please visit www.veteransfirstoc.org.
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