“People have a desire to have an impact,” she said, adding they only need to find a good cause to act accordingly. “They don’t always know how to find it or where to find it,” she said.
Such altruism also yields dividends at work, Carrillo added. “They feel great about it,” she said of employees participating in the company’s holiday efforts. “Someone’s helping them find a way to be philanthropic. For me, it was amazing to see people who have never worked together become so closely bonded. It not only forged greater personal bonds, but professional ones. They feel more connected to their teams.”
This year, loanDepot’s largesse will benefit five non-profits across the Orange County, Calif., region that represents loanDepot’s corporate base. The beneficiaries are:
To the initiated, Orange County may be a bastion of wealth. But for every cast member of the reality show “Desperate Housewives of Orange County” featuring divorcees living lives of leisure, there are exponentially more county women safeguarded in shelters, as illustrated by the WISEplace website. And a short distance from Disneyland in Anaheim, One clearly sees a “huge disparity” between the haves and have nots, Carrillo agreed – notwithstanding the shiny veneer of the popular theme park.
“You go a half-mile, and you see a huge disparity,” Carrillo said. “That’s why we are committed where we live and work.”