Union Home Foundation JUNE 2018


This quarter has been extremely exciting for the Union Home Foundation. We launched our first ever Purple Days in April – a month dedicated to volunteerism. Over 150 Union Home Mortgage partners across the United States participated, contributing more than 500 hours of donated service to their communities. Some Partners participated individually for a cause that matters most to them while in other areas, like in Fayetteville, North Carolina, close to 20 partners teamed up together. Regardless, each project had a lasting impact and was inspiring to say the least.

Our Board of Directors met at the end of May and approved four grants totaling $25,000, each for nonprofits doing remarkable work in financial literacy, education and workforce development. You can read more about them below.

In May, the company welcomed 62 college interns for the summer. Each intern will be involved in the Foundation’s work when they participate in our 2nd annual Intern Day of Service in July – volunteering their time with 6 local nonprofits.

UHM also welcomed 90 new Partners from Alliance Home Loans! We look forward to sharing the mission of the Foundation with each one of them and getting them involved in our community efforts!

Looking ahead, we will be doing a lot of work to share our mission and that of our philanthropic partners with the public, by hosting two large events in Northeast Ohio: a 5K walk/run and our inaugural gala. I look forward to sharing more details on these in the future. It’s sure to be a busy few months for the Foundation as we continue to grow and further our commitment in our communities to make the dream of homeownership possible for many!

Christina Fagan

Executive Director, Union Home Foundation


Partners in Fayetteville volunteer for Second Harvest Food Bank Sort-A-Rama

This past May, Union Home Mortgage’s Fayetteville, NC branch was able to send 20 volunteers to the inaugural Second Harvest Food Bank Sort-A-Rama. UHM, along with other participating volunteers, was able to help pack 50,000 lunches for 15,000+ families this summer.

The Second Harvest Food Bank works to feed the hungry, eliminate food waste, distribute food and grocery products to service our network of member non-profit agencies, and to develop and follow plans which advocate resolutions to ending hunger.

Shawna Becker, Senior Loan Officer at Union Home Mortgage, described the experience as follows, “My experience at the Sort-A-Rama was so special. I have been to many of these types of events at the Second Harvest Food Bank, but to see all of our employees together with our purple shirts meant a lot. It was also great to see everyone in such great spirts with the music and having a great team event for such a great cause. Looking forward to our next event!”

In total, the Sort-A-Rama…

  • Hosted 105 volunteers
  • Packaged 55,000 lbs. of food
  • Distributed the finished product to 110 partner agencies to help 15,000+ families
  • In addition, prepared 5,000 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend meals for more than 900 kids in the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Backpack program for the summer

Overall, the Sort-A-Rama was a great success for the community, a team building event for our partners and a memorable day for all!


Kelly Edmonds

Wholesale Underwriter | Strongsville, Ohio

I am very passionate about the work I do with Rebuilding Together of LaPorte County. It’s part of a national organization that rebuilds lives and neighborhoods by making homes safe for veterans, low-income homeowners, and senior citizens. We provide free home repairs, home modifications to enhance mobility, improve curb-appeal, and change the lives of our neighbors overall.

Part of my volunteer role over the last three years, has been to review applications of potential recipients in order to confirm that they meet the proper income, insurance, and tax requirements of the organization. On top of that I have worked as a Home Captain, overseeing the collection of items and materials, as well as organizing the volunteers necessary for the completion of projects requested by the homeowners.

The work done by Rebuilding Together is so vital to our communities because we help those, like low income families and the elderly, that may not have the means or sometimes the ability to up-keep or stay in their homes. Sometimes, it’s simple improvements like painting or planting flowers to even providing wheel chair ramps that make all the difference and ultimately improve our neighborhoods.


This August, we will be hosting our first ever Hustle for Homeownership 5K Walk and Run. Our UHM Partners across NEO voted between several of our previous grant recipients to decide this year’s 5K Philanthropic Partner and beneficiary of the 5K: Minds Matter of Cleveland. Minds Matter Cleveland is a chapter of the national Minds Matter Organization, but has been serving the Cleveland area for over 10 years. Launched by a group of young professional volunteers, Minds Matter Cleveland has helped 157 Northeast Ohio high school student gain acceptance to a four year college or university through rigorous mentoring, ACT/SAT test prep, immersion programs and more. Typically, they admit 24 students each year that come from a household income of less than $25,000, but must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher to continue in the program. The program includes 32, 5.5 hour sessions that take place on Saturdays. Amazingly, 100% of the students they work with have been accepted to college with supporting grants and 92% of them have either attained their college degree or are persisting towards their degree at colleges, including Howard, Denison, Brown, Harvard, Xavier and more. We are thrilled to have them as our 2018 Philanthropic Partner and share their fantastic work and achievements with others in the Northeast Ohio community.


According to a research report by The Urban Institute, 77 Million Americans, or more than one-third, with access to credit, have debt in collections averaging $5,178 (excluding mortgages).


2018 Grants to Date: $79,500

2nd Quarter Union Home Foundation Grant Recipients:

Workforce Development


Financial Literacy



  • Sunday, August 12 at 8:30 AM – Hustle for Homeownership 5K Walk/Run benefitting the Union Home Foundation and Minds Matter of Cleveland. Click here to register online!
  • Friday, October 5 at 6:30 PM – The Union Home Foundation Gala at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – benefitting the Union Home Foundation and our 2018 philanthropic partners Saint Martin de Porres, Towards Employment, Junior Achievement, and Volunteers of America.


Ever wanted to increase your involvement with the nonprofit community or wondered about joining a nonprofit Board of Directors? Below are some FAQs surrounding Board Involvement to help you make your decision.

What are the advantages to joining a nonprofit board?

  • Get you out there: you’ll learn more about the challenges facing your city, will gain diverse perspectives and just might boost your public profile.
  • Build your network: Individuals on nonprofit boards are generally influential members of the business community, with expansive knowledge and a passion that matches yours for the organization’s mission.
  • Increase your business knowledge: Board members often gain skills in organizational finances, teamwork, strategic planning, fundraising and the challenges facing the nonprofit community.
  • Larger chance to make a difference: Being on a board puts you closer to the organization and, in many cases, in a position to help shape its future. You’ll learn more about the ins and outs of the organization’s programs and their impact, as well as will be able to offer suggestions for change.

What should I know before I commit?

  • Do your research – look at who some of the other board members are, how is the organization doing financially, and what is their reputation in town
  • Ask about any board requirements – most boards have set expectations that often include attendance policies, committee involvement and/or “give money/get money” requirements
  • Make sure you are passionate and have the time – there’s nothing worse than an unengaged or overcommitted board member

But nonprofits only want wealthy people on their boards right?

  • This is a common myth. While yes, nonprofits would like board members with the means to contribute, almost equally important are board members that have connections in the community or have the time to help with special projects or lead committees. Always ask what the nonprofit is looking for in their board members.

What if I’m just not ready yet?

  • Explore joining your favorite nonprofit as an advisory board member or just start off by joining a committee to get your feet wet.

If you are interested in joining a board, but don’t know which one or where to start, reach out to me at cfagan@unionhomemortgage.com or by calling (440) 536-3496 and I can help guide you in the process!


The Union Home Foundation helps equip families in communities where our business resides with the tools and resources to achieve economic self-sufficiency, specifically through financial literacy, education, career readiness and transitional resources.

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