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MC Companies’ Sharing the Good Life Foundation continues to support food distribution charities in all of the MC markets to make sure that our residents have access to life’s most essential needs.  

On November 16, 2022, MC Companies launched its first annual Volunteer Day in keeping with its core value to Be Giving! All offices and properties nationwide were closed so that employees could volunteer a full day at the local food banks in their communities. 

What is our Sharing the Good Life Foundation? 

With the awareness of its corporate social responsibility, MC Companies created the Sharing The Good Life Foundation as an organization designed to build strong and vibrant communities, improve quality of life, and make a positive difference where we live, work, learn, and play.

The vision of MC Companies is to serve our employees, investors, customers, and communities by Sharing The Good Life. MC Companies believes in Sharing The Good Life with its communities through donations and volunteer efforts that support a variety of local and national charities. 

The Company formed a private 501(c)(3) foundation in order to provide each employee with opportunities to be charitable with their time, resources, and money. This employee driven foundation doesn’t just talk about opportunities but creates them.  

Every MC Companies employee is encouraged to find a way to give back through paid volunteer hours, paid time off donations, company sponsored events, and any other opportunity to connect with our local communities.

First Annual Volunteer Day 

Our first annual volunteer day was a great day to remember! We’re so fortunate that we all had the opportunity to give back to the communities we live in. Here are some highlights of all of the volunteer work completed in Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma!

ARIZONA

Phoenix – St. Mary’s Food Bank

image of mccompanies employees at St. Mary's Food Bank. They are all gathered in various rows and most people are looking at the camera. Everyone is wearing a company t-shirt that is a blue.

The Phoenix Corporate Office, The Place at El Prado, The Place at Fountains at Sun City and The Place at Santana Village spent the day volunteering at St. Mary’s Food Bank.  

St. Mary’s Food Bank distributes food to hundreds of nonprofit partners throughout most of Arizona. These agencies include food pantries, dining halls, homeless shelters, and more. Together St. Mary’s Food Bank works to alleviate hunger in Arizona through the gathering and distribution of food.

Phoenix – St. Vincent De Paul

Our employees at The Place at Wickertree and The Place at Sonoran Trails spent the first annual volunteer day at St. Vincent de Paul. The Society of Vincent De Paul harnesses the power of our community to feed, clothe, house, and heal all who are in need—whether in body or in spirit.

TucsonCommunity Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Image of MCCompanies employees outside of Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Tucson. There are many rows of people posing for a picture on a sunny day. Most people in the picture are wearing a blue MCCompanies t-shirt.

With efforts led by Ross and Patty McCallister, our Tucson communities gathered together to help at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona helps out a tremendous amount of people. They provide many services including emergency food assistance and community gardens to a culinary training program and a farmers’ market. 

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona programs and services are feeding the hungry today and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.

Our employees from The Tucson Corporate Office, The Place at 2120, The Place at Broadway East, The Place at Canyon Ridge, The Place at Creekside, The Place at Edgewood, The Place at Presidio Trails, The Place at Riverwalk; The Place at Spanish Trails, and The Place at Village at the Foothills all chipped in and helped the important efforts of The Community Bank of Southern Arizona. 

Sierra Vista – St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank

The Place at Savanna Springs and The Place at Desert Springs helped out at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  

St. Vincent de Paul food bank provides regular food for many families in need.  They offer food bank vouchers on a monthly basis from the Conference. Alongside this program they also offer help with vouchers for other costs including clothing, utilities, and rent assistance.  

Flagstaff – Flagstaff Family Food Center

The Place at Forest Ridge spent their first annual volunteer day helping out at the Flagstaff Family Food Center. The Flagstaff Family Food Center provides hope to Flagstaff families by providing hunger relief and children’s literacy programs.

For over 30 years, they have rescued food from local sources, coordinated incredible volunteers to prepare, serve and distribute food, and maintained a safe community gathering place for sharing meals and encouraging a love of reading.

TEXAS

Austin – Circle of Hope Community Center Food Bank

image of mccompanies employees standing in front of a circle of hope community center truck. They are outside on a partly cloudy day. Most people in the picture are wearing a blue MCCompanies t-shirt.

The Place at 1825 helped out in Pflugerville, Texas at the Circle of Hope Community Center Food Bank. Circle of Hope Community Center Food Bank is currently open every Monday and Friday from 10am-noon to provide bread, fresh fruit, produce, frozen meats, dairy products, and non-perishable food to our neighbors in need. 

Circle of Hope also partners on the first Tuesday of each month with Central Texas Food Bank to provide a Mobile Food Pantry at The Pfield Stadium parking lot located at 1440 West Pecan Street in Pflugerville from 8-10am that provides produce, frozen meat, dairy, and non-perishable food.

Providing food for those in need is one of Circle of Hope’s core missions, as they partner with local business and the community to serve our fellow neighbors. 

Currently, the Circle of Hope Community Center food pantry serves over 2,000 families (over 8,000 individuals) each month who visit us from Pflugerville, Round Rock, Hutto, Austin, Georgetown, Taylor, Cedar Park, and Leander!

Dallas – Minnie’s Food Pantry

The Place at Harvestree, The Place at Saddle Creek and The Place at Briarcrest volunteered at Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas. 

Minnie’s Food Pantry believes that overall wellness begins with healthy food and financial education. Minnie’s Food Pantry’s ultimate goal is to provide numerous programs that help families gain long-term food security and to break the generational curse of people (especially children) in low-income areas not having access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Houston – Houston Food Bank

Employees of MCCompanies posing for a picture at the Houston Food Bank. There is a mural on the wall behind them with a painting of a green apple. Most people in the picture are wearing a blue MCCompanies t-shirt.

The Place at Green Trails, and The Place at Barker Cypress spent the first annual volunteer day at the Houston Food Bank. 

Around 1 million people in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by Houston Food Bank are considered food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough nutritious food to fuel a healthy life. 

In order to address this issue, the Houston Food Bank distributes food and other essentials to those in need through a network of more than 1,600 community partners. In addition, they also provide programs and services aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability including nutrition education, job training, health management, and help in securing state-funded assistance.

San Antonio – San Antonio Food Bank

MCCompanies employees pose for a picture in front of the mural of San Antonio's food bank. Most people in the picture are wearing a blue MCCompanies t-shirt.

The Place at Castle Hills and The Place at Oak Hills volunteered on the first annual volunteer day at the San Antonio Food Bank.  

The San Antonio Food Bank takes pride in fighting hunger, feeding hope in our 29 county service area. We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, adults should not have to choose between a hot meal and utilities, nor should a senior sacrifice medical care for the sake of a meal.

Founded in 1980, The San Antonio Food Bank has quickly grown to serve 100,000 individuals a week in one of the largest service areas in Texas. The focus is for clients to have food for today but to also have the resources to be self-sufficient in the future.

Fighting hunger is San Antonio Food Bank’s number one priority but they also serve to educate and provide assistance in many other ways. They achieve this through our variety of programs and resources available to families, individuals, seniors, children, and military members in need.

OKLAHOMA

Tulsa – Broken Arrow Neighbors Food Bank

The employees at The Place at Quail Hollow volunteered in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma at the Broken Arrow Neighbors Food Bank. 

As an emergency basic needs service agency, the Broken Arrow Neighbors Food Bank strives to provide assistance that promotes self-sufficiency. The programs are designed to meet the needs of those in crisis while encouraging personal accountability.

Their daily operations are supported by a small, but strong, staff of 4 along with a group of dedicated and diversified volunteers.

Broken Arrow Neighbors manages each request on a case by case basis with the hope of serving the total person. “To provide basic needs assistance with dignity and compassion to neighbors in need through a cooperative community effort” is the mission of Broken Arrow Neighbors and remains the pinnacle of our focus.

Sharing the Good Life

All of our MCCompanies employees had such an incredible day volunteering and making a positive impact where we live, work, learn and play.

We all look forward to the 2nd annual volunteer day and can’t wait to give back to our communities. In the meantime, if you are looking for ways to get involved with any of these incredible organizations, please reach out to them today and sign up to volunteer. Time spent helping others really helps you share the good life.  

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