On Friday, June 7, 20 employees from Deloitte’s Orange County practice gathered at the Laura’s House Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing facility to complete small repair and beautification projects
LADERA RANCH, Calif., June 24, 2013 – Laura’s House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe place in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, is pleased to announce that it was a beneficiary of the 2013 Deloitte IMPACT Day, held on Friday, June 7, 2013.
Deloitte IMPACT is a celebration of Deloitte’s longstanding commitment to its communities, where its 50,000+ people nationwide make nonprofits their top clients for the day by setting aside their work and contributing their time and talent. This year, approximately one third of IMPACT Day projects call upon the professional skills of Deloitte’s people through events that address a range of social issues. These events are designed to help nonprofit leaders address business and organizational challenges, help students succeed from high school to college, help veterans transition from military to civilian life and enhance leadership development for nonprofit executives.
“At Deloitte, we pride ourselves on providing high-value quality services to our clients and the capital markets, and we apply this same approach to service within our communities. As we’ve seen lately, when the private and public sectors collaborate, we can make a real and lasting impact,” said Joe Echevarria, chief executive officer, Deloitte LLP. “Our annual IMPACT Day is just one way our commitment to service extends beyond business and into the community. At its core, IMPACT Day is about making our communities, and our country stronger.”
As part of the 2013 Deloitte IMPACT Day project for Laura’s House, 20 employees from Deloitte’s Orange County practice helped Laura’s House with a number of small repair and beautification projects. At the Emergency Shelter, shelving was installed in the Children’s Center closet and in the alternative meal cabinet; door stops were installed behind each bedroom door; floors were deep cleaned; drywall and locks were repaired; paint was touched up; toilet paper holders and towel racks were replaced; and new pillows for the living room couch were donated and installed.
At the Laura’s House Transitional Housing facility, Deloitte employees installed privacy covering on the shower windows; painted the back fence, and a light blue accent in the therapeutic room; completed gardening and landscaping projects including trimming trees and large bushes, weeding and trimming shrubs and grasses; removed a broken dresser and lamps, and donated and installed a new dresser and three lamps; assembled a children’s play kitchen; fixed door locks and a smoke alarm; and donated a new BBQ and hauled the old one away.
“Community involvement is good for business and great for the community. When businesses strengthen their role as corporate citizens, they can produce tangible results for the community, which then creates a positive corporate culture and pride among their employees – all good for business,” said Frank Friedman, chief financial officer, Deloitte LLP.
“Laura’s House is grateful to Deloitte Orange County employees for including us in Deloitte IMPACT Day again this year,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “Deloitte is a shining example of how businesses here in our community can accelerate social change by tapping into the skills and innovative thinking of their people. We would like to thank them for the time and talent they contributed to Laura’s House in 2013, and for shining a light on the important work of local nonprofit organizations, through this annual event.”
More information on the programs and services offered by Laura’s House is available at www.laurashouse.org.
About Laura’s House
For nearly two decades, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to nearly 3,500 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,000 individuals. The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.
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