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Fieldstone Homes, in partnership with its foundation, Partners in Hope, teamed up with Volunteers of America, Utah to donate 200 backpacks to young men who may be struggling with homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness or domestic violence.

“It’s that time of year again!” How many of those emails or letters in the mail do you receive to remind you to do something before the holidays? At the beginning of December, the employees of Fieldstone Homes received an email from the Marketing team telling the entire office that the annual backpack drive was back just in time for holiday season. Annual backpack drive, you ask? That’s right. Every year during the month of December, Fieldstone Homes employees and vendors team up with an organization to provide backpacks to teens of Salt Lake City, Utah.

This year Fieldstone Homes worked with Volunteers of America, Utah to provide young men with several every day, necessary items they would need. Volunteers of America, Utah is a human services nonprofit organization with more than 300 paid staff who serve more than 9,000 people across the state each year through programs addressing homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. Thousands of volunteers and partners join with them to accomplish their mission to reach and uplift those in greatest need.

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“Helping youth in our community is a high priority for all of us at Fieldstone Homes,” says Troy Gabler, President of Fieldstone Homes. “We want to provide help and serve those right in our backyard. There is a great need for basic essentials, so these backpacks will make a real difference.”

“It’s exciting to see individuals come together to help someone in need,” says Gabler. “This year our donation includes the efforts of our employees, First Colony Mortgage, Peoples Home Equity and Bartlett Title. We are grateful for the contributions made. Our combined efforts more than doubled our contribution made last year.”

Volunteers of America, Utah’s organization provides a bridge to self-reliance and health for vulnerable individuals and populations who struggle with homelessness, addiction, and mental illness in our Wasatch Front communities.

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Fieldstone Homes purchased 200 backpacks and they were filled with the necessary items. Along with Fieldstone Homes employees, First Colony Mortgage, Peoples Home Equity and Bartlett Title assisted with donations to fill the bags. It was a team effort to complete this project. Some of these items included:

- Backpacks
- Handwarmers
- Reusable water bottle
- Chapstick
- Underwear
- Socks
- Small toiletries
- Hairbrush
- Beanie
- Gloves

Giving back to the community and those who are in need is very important to Fieldstone Homes. Fieldstone Homes and its charitable foundation, “Partners in Hope,” love to contribute to many local organizations. During a year that has brought many crazy surprises to us all, it is always important to continue to give back to those who may be struggling, especially around the holidays.

“Thank you to Fieldstone Homes for your generous contribution to our 11th annual Fill the Pack event," Kiersten Thomas, Volunteer Engagement Manager at Volunteers of America, Utah, said. "This event is so important to the youth at the Youth Resource Center and helps us obtain much-needed supplies to get through the winter. We appreciate your dedication and the time it took to put these backpacks together for our youth. Without the support of our community partners, Volunteers of America, Utah's services would not be possible."

Holidays are a perfect time to give back, but organizations are always looking for donations and volunteers during the other remaining months of the year.
If you are looking for a way to volunteer or donate to Volunteers of America, Utah please visit their website at voaut.org. Volunteers of America, Utah is always accepting financial contributions, clothing donations and there are volunteer opportunities that need to be filled year-round.