One Week. One Thing. One Powerful Impact.

And just like that, our second annual Ellie Mae Week of Giving Back has come and gone.

The enormous charitable impact we’re able to accomplish especially around the Week of Giving Back is a huge testament to the passion, dedication and culture we have and are continuing to build here at Ellie Mae. Thanks to each and every one of our team, I am constantly reminded of the extremely giving, caring people I am lucky enough to work with every day.

This year, we had several local events set up near headquarters in Pleasanton, including activities every day of the week benefitting the Alameda County Food Bank, a Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Build, a blood drive (which drew enough units of blood to potentially save 207 lives!), and a Special Olympics bocce event. In addition, several teams of employees participated and coordinated charity events, including a Habitat for Humanity build in Fremont, a fundraising walk benefitting Asha-Jyothi, headshots taken by our very own Photography Club where 100% of the proceeds went to our Ellie Cares general fund, and a bicycle ride benefitting Wheels for Meals.

Outside of Pleasanton, our Ellie Mae offices across the country participated in the Week of Giving Back as well. Our teams in El Segundo and Calabasas assembled bicycles for Red Star Riders, sorted children’s clothes for Baby 2 Baby, baked small cakes and cake pops for A Place Called home, collected loose change throughout the week for donations, and held the 19th Annual Matt Johnson Blood Drive through the American Red Cross. Our friends in Irvine and Parsippany will be making a trip to their local food banks very soon. The Eagan office crafted blankets for children in need through Project Linus. Teammates in St. Louis participated in the JDRF One Walk in support of those with Type 1 Diabetes, and also donated pet supplies to Gateway Pet Guardians (a local, foster-based animal shelter). The Omaha team decorated stuffed animals as superheroes throughout the week for their local children’s hospital.

Even our field employees took part in some way. Teams organized their own local events to participate in. Employees also had the option of donating money to any 501c3 that means something important to them.

This is only the tip of the iceberg as far as our giving back initiatives. As the executive sponsor of  Ellie Mae Cares, I am both thrilled and humbled to see our employees working together to make these volunteer events happen. The time and effort our team put into giving back to our communities made and will make a powerful difference.

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