In November 2020, members of the Los Angeles office had plans to participate in a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) Team Build Day, working on new construction or home preservation projects. “The LA office has been volunteering with Habitat LA for many years,” explained Lissa Kane (Los Angeles), who coordinates volunteer activities for Crowe’s LA office. “Unfortunately, the pandemic immediately put a stop to all Habitat builds.” In advance of the Team Build Day, Lissa applied for a Crowe Foundation Team Volunteer Investment Program (Team VIP) grant. Encouraging team-building through volunteerism, the Team VIP provides grants to organizations where three or more Crowe individuals volunteer together. It also matches funds raised by Crowe teams participating in active fundraisers such as walks, bikes, runs or and bowl-a-thons. “We stayed hopeful that the event would be rescheduled later in the year, but as the pandemic stretched on, it was clear we weren’t going to be able to participate as planned,” explained Lissa. Still wanting to support the organization financially, Lissa asked if the Crowe Foundation could still provide a Team VIP grant to Habitat LA. Given the circumstances and the office’s long-time relationship with Habitat, the foundation trustees approved the grant. According to Habitat LA’s director of development, the grant has been put to good use in Habitat LA’s Home Preservation program. “As families transitioned to living, working and schooling at home, the need for safe housing became even more vital during the pandemic,” said Lissa. The program helps existing homeowners make critical repairs. Currently, there are nearly 300 families in the pipeline, and they rely heavily on donations such as Crowe’s Team VIP grant to fund the program.”
Crowe encourages everyone to give back – whether it's volunteering through firm-sponsored activities, schools, religious organizations or other groups.