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Quicken Loans Helps Nigerian Student Reunite With Mom After 10 Years

Sometimes you read something that makes you proud. Proud to be part of an organization that does great things for people. Sometimes those people are people you’ve never heard of.

This is one of those times.

Here’s the recap: USA Today and the Detroit Free Press reported yesterday about Wayne State University  student Victor Chukwueke, a Nigerian national, who dreamed of reuniting with his family that he left 10 years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor in the US. Chekwueke suffers from neurofibromatosis, a disorder that causes tumor growth in the nervous system.

Despite this, Chukweke is graduating from WSU with honors and is speaking to his graduating class at commencement.

Here’s where Quicken Loans got involved. Chukweke wanted his mother to attend his graduation and Dan Gilbert (Quicken Loans founder) used connections to make sure that happened. From the Freep:

“I was reading the paper and the story caught my eye,” said Joyce Keller, philanthropic adviser for the company. Dan Gilbert…has a relative with neurofibromatosis. “With everything (Chukwueke) has been through and this one obstacle still standing in his way, it was an easy decision to see if we could help.”

Great story. Hope you like it.

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Garden Fresh Gourmet Donates to ALS Fundraising

Garden Fresh Gourmet Steps Up Big for ALSWe love Garden Fresh Gourmet.

Not only do they make the BEST salsa in the entire free world, they also have a heart of gold.

They donated lots of great stuff to a Quicken Loans fundraiser for ALS research recently and we wanted to publicly thank them.

Several cases of crispy nacho chips, amazingly tangy mango salsa, creamy hommus, and super great spinach dip were donated. They gave the food and we raised lots of money for the ALS Association.

Sounds like a win-win to me.

It was. Garden Fresh Gourment rocks and I hope you eat their salsa ALL the time. Even if they didn't support great causes, they would still be awesome because their salsa is just that good.

It really is. Love it. You will too is you don't already.

Thanks Garden Fresh. You rock.

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UNIQLO Recycles is Good for the World

UNIQLO Recyles and that's cool!UNIQLO, a really cool  (and very affordable) Japanese clothing store that I love shopping at when I've over there, does something to make me like them even more.

They run a program called UNIQLO Recycles. Simply put, you can take your old UNIQLO clothing into any store and they will distribute them to needy people around the world. Very cool.

I probably have 20 UNIQLO t-shirts. The other day Quicken Loans President Jay Farner said to me "Clayton, you have a lot of t-shirts. I've never seen you wear the same one twice." Now you know my secret (though I admit I do wear them all more than once).

Here's one of my least favorites in the pic above, but I still like it (or I wouldn't be wearing it).

UNIQLOhas one U.S. store in New York City (on Broadway in SoHo), so American's can get their UNIQLO on while hanging out in the Big Apple.

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Google donates $20 million to world charities

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Google is celebrating the 2009 Holiday Season by donating $20 million to charities around the world. I know I’ve pat Google on the back before, but I just see it as giving credit where credit is due. Sure Google is a huge company that I’m sure makes huge profits. And really there are a bunch of other things they could’ve done with this money. But instead of adding to their empire or throwing an epic party, they decided to be The DIFF and do the most good by donating to those in need.

So hats off to Google again. They’ve put their money in the right place and done a world of good in the process.

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Quicken Loans Coat Drive: what can you do with your lunch hour?

Quicken Loans coat drive to benefit Capuchin Soup Kitchen and Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation My lunchtime is usually reserved for me. It's a few moments to escape, get some fresh air, chat with some friends and snag some grub.

But yesterday, just before lunch, I got an email from one of my favorite project managers saying that she was was doing something slightly less self-serving on her lunch. Courtney wanted to hit some stores to support the new coat drive that Quicken Loans is doing.

Courtney sent out a 2 sentence email to some of the people around the area that we sit in and in less than 10 minutes, had over $100 to go spend on coats. So Courtney, me and one of our awesome BA's, Lisa, hit the road just after noon.
Through some thrifty moves and a lovely Kohl's employee who hooked us up, we managed to get 11 coats. 11! A little bit of money, a few people, an hour of time and we'll keep 11 kids warm this winter.

I know, I JUST KNOW that Quicken Loans is going to collect so many more coats, but it was just crazy to me how with just a little bit of time and a little bit of money we could do that much.
Trust me, we're not done. The entire company is on this mission. We'd like to invite you, too – we are collecting NEW coats on behalf of Capuchin Soup Kitchen and the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation. The coats should be for high school-age children or younger. You can bring them to any of our Michigan locations until December 15. Questions? Kelly@QuickenLoans.com

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Quicken Loans Walk for ALS Video

Remember when we wrote about Tweet for ALS?

On Saturday, October 3rd the ALS (Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association held its annual Walk to Defeat ALS on Belle Isle and more than 500 people showed up to raise awareness for the disease. Bill Emerson, CEO for Quicken Loans challenged Quicken and its family of companies to raise over $75,000 to defeat ALS. Through individual team member contributions, internal auctions for unique prizes, creative team competitions such as raffles, themed lunches, the launch of a one-day online national Tweet-for-ALS campaign on the social media site Twitter and even valet parking for a day, the goal was surpassed and more than $120,000 was raised.

Now THAT is the DIFF. Good job, Quicken Loans!

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Detroit Pistons and Quicken Loans telethon to aid 400 families

Qucken Loans donates to the Detroit Pistons TelethonYesterday I reported on bad news regarding the economy in our (metro Detroit) area.  Today, I've got good news.

Quicken Loans/Rock Financial is joining with the Detroit Pistons to help 400 Detroit families with food and personal supplies to help deal with the upcoming winter (rumor is it's gonna be a cold one).

Here's the story from today's Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Pistons organization, with help from Fathead and Rock Financial, is to distribute a truckload of supplies to 400 families in need from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Robbie Parker Elementary School.

The volunteers, including local youth groups, are to distribute 25-pound boxes of food and personal care items to families from Childhelp Michigan.

Funding for the food and supplies came from the Pistons Care Telethon, a 17-hour event held in March at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The event raised more than $450,000.

Quicken Loans/Rock Financial donated 400 backpacks for the children of the families selected to receive support. Fathead, headquartered in Livonia, makes life-size wall graphics.

With so much bad news lately, it's nice to be associated with something good.

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World AIDS Day 2008 and Starbucks

World Aids Day on the Quicken Loans blogToday is World AIDS Day and Starbucks is donating 5 cents from every beverage it sells today to fight AIDS. I’ve seen some blogs saying it’s a tiny amount and a scam and not to support Starbucks, but I think anything that can help people with AIDS and fund a cure is a good thing.

So thank you Starbucks and I urge the bloggers telling folks not to support Starbucks to stop hating.

World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day.

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Movember raises cash for prostate cancer research

Movember raises money for prostate cancer research on the Quicken Loans BlogHere’s another cool site suggested by my friends over at MS&L Digital. You can join an international movement to end prostate cancer and all you have to do is grow a mustache.

It’s really that simple.

It’s Movember and it’s coming soon. Soon as in November. Notice the similarity between "November" and "Movember". It ain’t a coincidence.

From Movember’s site:

Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a charity event held during November each year.

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Quicken Loans President Patrick McInnis named a community hero by Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint

By Victoria ArajQuicken Loans President Patrick McGinnis named a Boys and Girls Club Community Hero

Patrick McInnis has always been our hero, but did you know he’s also a hero to kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Flint?  And the other night, they made that official.

On Thursday, Quicken Loans President Patrick McInnis was awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint’s first annual Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award  in recognition of his many contributions to the club and to Flint area youth. 

This award, named in honor of Patrick, will be presented yearly to a deserving person (or group) who’s demonstrated extraordinary leadership and made lasting contributions to the Club. 

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Sunday, February 25, 2018