Corridor Title announced today the recipient of its inaugural Corridor Title Cares grant program. Austin-based Helping Hand Home was selected as the winning non-profit from a group of 18 worthy organizations.
“We are humbled by the response our new, philanthropic endeavor received from the community,” said Corridor Title President Patrick Rose. “Our company is so appreciative of the purposeful and diverse missions fulfilled by these organizations, and we are pleased to recognize the real estate professionals who volunteer in their service.
Corridor Title Cares is a charitable effort launched by Corridor Title, which culminated in the company’s donation of $25,000 to a local non-profit to help advance its mission and services. The program also sought to recognize the hard work, dedication and volunteer efforts of real estate professionals in Central Texas.
Criteria used to evaluate the 18 applications included: the non-profit’s mission; the proposed use of the grant and its impact on the organization; and the level of involvement and participation from the local real estate community. In total, 74 real estate professionals nominated the 18 organizations for consideration.
“The local real estate community has so many unsung heroes who donate countless hours and resources to non-profits throughout Central Texas,” said Rose. “Corridor Title wanted to find a way to meaningfully recognize these hard-working individuals who make a difference in the lives of others everyday.”
This year’s winner, Helping Hand Home, provides foster homes to serve and care for high-needs children throughout Travis County and Central Texas. The organization provides residential treatment services, therapeutic foster care, adoption services and an on-site charter school for children who have suffered severe abuse and neglect.
A significant deficit exists in the number of quality foster homes that can serve children in need. To meet this growing demand, Helping Hand Home launched its Families First Initiative with a goal of doubling the number of available foster homes, thus doubling the number of children it can serve in the community.
“We are so grateful to Corridor Title for its incredibly generous contribution to Helping Hand Home,” said Executive Director Ted Keyser. “This grant will allow us to gain significant ground in closing the funding gap in our Families First Initiative and allow us to offer more critically needed foster homes to abused children in our community.”
For more than 120 years, Helping Hand Home has provided a place to heal for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Its mission is to provide a nurturing and therapeutic home for children and to restore each child to a healthy family setting.
“All 18 nominations are worthy of award and our support, making it an incredibly difficult decision,” said Rose. “Our selection committee felt, this year, that Helping Hand Home best met our criteria for award in terms of mission, grant impact and real estate community involvement.”
Corridor Title enlisted the help of a panel of community leaders to serve as judges for the grant. The panel included Sen. Kirk Watson, Rep. Donna Howard, Rep. Paul Workman, the Honorable Pike Powers, Kerry Tate, Jan Buchholz and Jed Buie.
The new grant program is consistent with one of Corridor Title’s core values – service to the community – and was created by company team members Kim Fernea and Lizzy Jarvis, as well as owners Patrick Rose, Lew Little, Walt Penn and Rex Baker.
“Everyone at Corridor Title stands in awe of these incredible non-profits and their ability to affect positive change in the lives of those in need and the community-at-large,” said Rose. “We also are grateful for the many selfless volunteers in the local real estate industry. They make our community look very good by doing so much for others.”
About Corridor Title
Locally owned and locally headquartered, Corridor Title is an independent title agent serving the Central Texas region through offices in Austin, Dripping Springs and San Marcos. Only five years old, Corridor Title has grown quickly but prudently within the region, maintains a staff of 24 capable title industry professionals, and is now the second largest locally owned title agent serving the Austin community.