F.I.R.S.T.

Our team demonstrating a passion for helping others in our community.

FirsTrust Mortgage, now Guaranteed Rate is proud to support the following organizations through F.I.R.S.T.

The vision behind F.I.R.S.T. is to take FirsTrust to the next level of commitment and further demonstrate our passion for helping people.

F.I.R.S.T. stands for Friends Inspiring Real Service Today. As an outreach-minded group, we want to not only participate in aiding the community, but through our actions, motivate others to do the same. As we express to each other, our families, friends, customers, and our listeners about the aid and the impact we make in these organizations, our hope is that they will follow suit and “pay it forward” by getting involved in a charity or organization that they are passionate about.

Whether it is a donation of physical resources such as clothing, funds to support research, or labor intensive work, these are all avenues in which people are in need. We want to aid the public- not in just one area of service, but the multiple opportunities there are within the community. Our team members have volunteered with the following community organizations to name a few.

SafeHome

SAFEHOME’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and prevention education in our community.

Team members organized a craft class for the moms and children at SAFEHOME.  Participants decorated small flower pots and planted their own flower seeds.  Other team volunteers sorted through donations and helped in various ways.

FirsTrust team members gather for a day of volunteering at SAFEHOME.

Team members gather for a day of volunteering at SAFEHOME.

 

Finished flower pots.  The mothers and their children had a great time at the FirsTrust craft day!

Finished flower pots. The mothers and their children had a great time at the FIRST craft day!

Ozanam

Ozanam represents more than 65 years of providing the best quality services to thousands of children and families who need it most. On its main campus in South Kansas City, Ozanam has grown from a single-service boys’ home into a multi-service treatment center offering both residential and educational day treatment programs for boys and girls ages 12 to 18.

Our team members have volunteered with Ozanam multiple times.  Most recently, our team got together to beautify the grounds at Ozanam, clearing out weeds and debris from flower beds and adding a fresh coat of organic mulch made from Ozanam trees.

FirsTrust team members joined together with Professional Title team members to beautify the grounds at Ozanam

Team members joined together with Professional Title team members to beautify the grounds at Ozanam

 

Whenever possible, we like to involve our families in the volunteer process as well.

Whenever possible, we like to involve our families in the volunteer process as well.

 

How do you haul weeds and brush on a windy day?  Why weigh it down with a kid of course!

How do you haul weeds and brush on a windy day? Why weigh it down with a kid of course!

Operation Breakthrough

Operation Breakthrough is the largest single-site early education child care and social services facility in the state of Missouri serving over 400 children daily from the urban core. The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.

Each year, our team adopts two large families each with 7 to 8 children for Christmas.  We choose these families because they are harder to adopt out due to the large financial commitment.

Team members dropping off gift donations at the Operation Breakthrough warehouse.

Team members dropping off gift donations at the Operation Breakthrough warehouse.

Habitat for Humanity

Home ownership represents the essence of the American Dream. It also represents the single largest investment most people make in their lifetimes. Yet for too many people the American Dream is just that; a dream they will never realize because their income is too low to qualify through conventional means to purchase a home. Habitat for Humanity believes to break the cycle of poverty low income families need their income spent on housing to serve two purposes: provide a decent, affordable place to raise a family and build wealth through home ownership.

Most recently, we assembled a team of volunteers at Habitat ReStore.  Habitat ReStore raises funds for Habitat for Humanity through their many retail store locations that sell gently used household fixtures, furniture, and paint keeping materials out of landfills and raising money at the same time.

FirsTrust team members volunteering at Habitat ReStore.

Team members volunteering at Habitat ReStore.

 

FirsTrust Team members organizing interior and exterior doors at Habitat ReStore.

Team members organizing interior and exterior doors at Habitat ReStore.

Heart to Heart Int’l

Heart to Heart International has been creating a healthier world since 1992. Their mission is to improve global health through initiatives that connect people and resources to a world in need. Through their mobilization efforts, they provide medical education, deliver medical aid, respond to people in crisis and address community-health concerns around the globe.

F.I.R.S.T has volunteered with Heart to Heart International on several occasions, most recently assisting with the assembly and product donation for care kits.  Care kits are hygiene kits delivered to disaster victims such as those affected by Hurricane Sandy and the Joplin tornadoes.  These personal hygiene kits prevent the spread of germs and help fight disease.

The FirsTrust team gathers at the Heart to Heart Int'l warehouse to prepare care kits and organize donations.

Team members gathers at the Heart to Heart Int’l warehouse to prepare care kits and organize donations.

 

The kids were able to lend a helping hand as well.

The kids were able to lend a helping hand as well.

 

Harvesters

Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow. As this area’s only food bank, Harvesters is a clearinghouse for the collection and distribution of food and related household products. We’ve been helping people in need since 1979 by collecting food and household products from community and industry sources, distributing those products and providing nutrition services through a network of nonprofit agencies,and offering leadership and education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to alleviate hunger.

F.I.R.S.T. has volunteered at Harvesters many times over the years, both in the warehouse and by hosting food drives at the corporate office.

The team taking a tour of the Harvesters warehouse and receiving instructions on sorting and packing donations.

The team taking a tour of the Harvesters warehouse and receiving instructions on sorting and packing donations.

 

Harvester's donation after a full day of volunteering.

Harvester’s donation after a full day of volunteering.

 

 

 

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