ARServices has a strong, institutional commitment to contributing to its community and giving back to the neighborhoods and local areas that have supported and fostered the company’s continued growth and success.
The company shows its commitment to philanthropy through charitable donations and contributions to local nonprofit organizations, but also strives to do more than just write checks. This is why ARServices conducts its annual Day of Service program, and encourages its employees to volunteer and take leadership positions in the charitable organizations facilitating change and making our communities better, stronger and safer for the people who live there.
One of these organizations is Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat), an organization dedicated to reducing poverty housing and homelessness in the nation’s capital by building homes for those in need.
This year, ARServices was proud to take part in the DC Habitat’s Women Build initiative, which served to raise funds, advocate, and raise awareness for low- and moderate-income women in need of housing. This campaign launched on International Women’s Day in March and incorporated a series of events and programs, including:
Alanna McCargo, the wife of ARServices CEO, Jay McCargo, served on the steering committee for Women Build, and ARServices was proud to sponsor the initiative’s ending “Celebration Reception,” which was held earlier this month. The celebration reception was attended by a list of D.C.’s most influential and respected community members, including the Honorable Benjamin S. Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who provided the keynote address.
In the end, the Women Build initiative managed to beat its fundraising goal, raising over $525,000 during the six-month campaign to help provide permanent, safe and decent new homes to local families and to engage broader community support.
This initiative is incredibly timely and necessary in the National Capital region for a number of reasons, as DC Habitat explained:
“Women in the nation’s capital, especially women who serve as the head of their family, often face obstacles that make escaping poverty seem impossible and offer little hope of achieving the dream you and I live every day. Low wages, immense demands from family who often live in substandard living spaces, the fear and uncertainty that comes with living hand-to-mouth in a neighborhood that is often unsafe describe the ‘short list’ of compounding factors working against these women and their children.”
ARServices would like to congratulate DC Habitat on its incredibly important and much-needed Women Build initiative. The company is proud of the ARServices staff members and their families that participated in the program and helped to ensure its success, and proud to sponsor an initiative and event that will help make lives better for many people in our local community.