Giving back to the communities we live and build in is part of our DNA. We deeply care about making places better and touching lives beyond just building shelters. Every quarter, the entire Corcoran Ota team is invited to participate in a community service project. Part team-building, part philanthropy, these endeavors are fun ways for the entire staff to get out of the workplace and volunteer their time and talents to people who need it most.
Giving Comes in all Shapes and Sizes
A pro-bono project close to our hearts is the community center we helped design for a nonprofit called Maji Mazuri. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Maji Mazuri empowers people to transform their lives by offering programs in education, economic development, community development and health. We continue to support them in different ways every year, including the ongoing sponsorship of two young brothers. Another great initiative we support is Santa's Village Empty Stocking Fund—an organization that donates Christmas gifts to Atlanta families in need. For two consecutive years, our entire office spent a day stocking, organizing and giving away presents to local families. Most recently, a group of us volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, helping renovate a home in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department. The new program buys and cleans up homes in higher crime neighborhoods that police officers can rent for a nominal fee. The goal is to build rapport in the community and reduce crime.