Her most treasured event is an annual swimsuit drive she created in memory of her son, Brayden, who passed away just ten days after he was born in August 2010. “With Brayden’s sudden passing, I wanted to do something meaningful in his memory,” Blessing says. “Joining this guild was my way to support other families whose children are sick, while also allowing me to keep my memory of Brayden alive.”
Blessing says each event – from auctions, to bounce-house festivals, to golf tournaments - require many months, sometimes more than a year, to fully execute. Her passion for giving back to the community is echoed by hundreds of other PulteGroup employees nationwide, who donate well more than 1 million hours of volunteer time to charitable causes every year.
PulteGroup encourages employees to give back to the community and volunteer their time by providing two days off with pay every year. In addition to individual community involvement, employees in Pulte Division markets across the nation collectively support about 130 different non-profits every year, doing everything from feeding the homeless, to collecting school supplies for needy kids.
“Some of my best memories with my Pulte coworkers are times we volunteered together and gave back to the community as a team,” says Jeff Scofield, procurement director, who has been involved with his Northern California coworkers in supporting Rebuilding Together Oakland. “Volunteering as a team allows us to get to know each other better, and have a shared sense of pride in what we accomplish. The fun and fulfillment built during a charitable undertaking breaks down department barriers, lasts well into the future, and has a halo effect on how we treat and support each other.”
Over the years, Scofield and his coworkers in Northern California have renovated halfway houses, a teen center, urban wildlife rescue and many homes occupied by disabled and elderly people unable to fix homes in disrepair. In April, the team began the process of rejuvenating the home of a 78-year-old disabled veteran whose home has deteriorated immensely since his wife died ten years ago.
A team of employees went to work replacing most of the home’s flooring, appliances, cabinets, landscaping, light fixtures, hardware, blinds and painting the entire interior and exterior of the home. “We each have unique skills,” Scofield says. “When combined together, we are capable of doing great things.”
PulteGroup is doing great things through its Built to Honor program, where company operations across the nation band together with generous suppliers and contractors to build and donate new homes to wounded veterans and their families. By the end of this year, more than 40 mortgage-free homes will be donated to these worthy veterans since the Built to Honor program was launched in 2013.