“People have a desire to make an impact,” she said, adding that they just need to find a good reason to act accordingly. “They don’t always know how to find it or where to find it,” she said.
Carrillo added that such altruism is also profitable in the business. “They feel good about it,” she said of employees involved in the company’s efforts during the holiday. “Someone helping them find a way to be charitable. To me, it was amazing to see people who had never worked together become so closely connected. Not only did they forge greater personal bonds, but professional bonds. They feel more connected to their teams.”
This year, the generosity of the Loan Depot will benefit five nonprofits across Orange County, California, which are the base of the Loan Depot Corporation. The beneficiaries are:
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County – Provides reliable and generous access to adequate nutritious foods for all who face hunger in the area.
- Boys and Girls Clubs in Central Orange Coast – Helping young people reach their full potential by ensuring they have the tools they need to achieve excellence.
- Cerebral Palsy in Orange County – Creating a limitless future for children and families with disabilities.
- War Heroes On Water and partner 501c3 Freedom Alliance – the annual sports fishing tournament, founded by Hsieh, that helps wounded war veterans recover from physical, emotional, and moral wounds of war.
- Mission Free Wheelchairs – designs and manufactures durable, cost-effective wheelchairs for individuals with disabilities in developing countries.
For starters, Orange County may be a fortress of fortune. But for every cast member of the “Desperate Housewives of Orange County” reality show featuring divorced women who live leisurely lives, more county women are sheltered in shelters, as shown on WISEplace. A short walk from Anaheim’s Disneyland, one clearly sees a “huge disparity” between the haves and the have-nots, Carrillo agreed — despite the theme park’s glossy veneer.
“Go half a mile, and you’ll see a huge disparity,” said Carrillo. “That’s why we are committed to where we live and work.”