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May 22, 2020

New Ways of Giving Back

If there's one thing that brings Freddie Mac'ers together even while working apart, it's their commitment to and passion for service. Though employees haven't been able to team up to give back in person, they've found ways to join together virtually and continue making a difference in communities across the country.

The first venture into virtual volunteering involves purchasing and making toiletry kits for one of the leading nonprofit organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Wednesday, employees and their families can join the virtual Stop & SERVE by creating a toiletry kits in a digital shopping cart with items that have been pre-purchased by Freddie Mac. Then, participants are encouraged to write notes of support for the recipient of the kit.

On a mission to create thousands of kits for United Way, hundreds of Freddie employees are joining in, sporting their green SERVE shirts and thankful for the ability to make an impact — no matter how.

"It may seem like a small act of service, but being stuck at home can make you feel helpless. So being able to support my community made me feel like I could make a difference in someone's life," said Sarah Wagoner, HR strategic communications senior.

Having the opportunity to continue to give back, although virtually, has also instilled a sense of pride in employees.

"Freddie Mac is committed to doing our part to bring some joy and calm despite what's happening in the world, and it makes me feel proud to work for an organization with these values," said Miriam Brown, senior employee in the Office of Inclusive Engagement (OIE).

Sarah echoed the same sentiment: "I feel proud that my employer takes service to heart. In addition to our virtual Stop & SERVEs, I was able to make a difference for two organizations I hold dear through our Matching Gifts Program."

At a time like this, it can be easy to chalk volunteer efforts up to impossible. But the Community and Outreach team was determined to shift and find a way to keep the spirit of service alive.

"We were super energized to innovate and find ways to keep Community Crew going. Our employees here at Freddie Mac always want to give back — service is an integral part of our culture," said Ivy Medina, Community and Outreach senior professional and a Community Crew coordinator.   

Eager to expand the volunteering opportunities offered, the Community and Outreach team is working with Freddie Mac's diverse suppliers to brainstorm ways to make an impact. Future efforts could include producing home kits for Rebuilding Together and even virtual homebuilding with Habitat for Humanity.

If you're driven to make a difference in people's lives and serve communities nationwide, you've come to the right place. We're hiring for all open positions virtually. Apply today!


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