NOVA Gives Back with Toy Drive and $500k in Donations
The annual Miracle en El Barrio event and NOVA's Focus on Giving initiative provided happiness and relief to thousands throughout the Southwest this holiday season.
With NCAA games being forced to adopt new atmospheres for safety reasons, NOVA’s typical headlining sponsorship of this year’s Arizona Bowl became a regular sponsorship. However, since all of the proceeds of the bowl game always go to charity, we still wanted to give back as much as possible to the communities we serve.
In an unprecedented effort, NOVA identified 19 deserving nonprofits throughout our markets in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, California, and Texas, and we donated over $500,000 between them. This is in keeping with NOVA's core value of philanthropy, according to Jon Vole, NOVA's Chairman and CEO. "As a kid, I relied on help from mentors to propel me through school and athletics, which ultimately led me to where I am today," says Volpe. "As Chairman and CEO of NOVA, I’ve always been fully committed to giving back to the communities we serve, because I believe that giving is contagious.
On December 18, 2020, NOVA Home Loans hosted its annual Miracle en El Barrio event on Tucson’s south side. However, in order to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible, some changes had to be made. Rather than the typical communal affair with face painting, booths, and pictures on Santa’s lap, this year’s event took the form of a drive-thru at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.
Luckily, this change didn’t deter either the community from coming out or NOVA’s employees from participating. Over 450 cars showed up to the drive-thru, and over 1,300 children were provided with free toys before Christmas. NOVA team members donated over $17,000 to the event and donated countless toys so that the tradition could be kept alive. As we all know, 2020 left more people than normal without reliable income, and many more children without the promise of new toys for the holidays.
Additionally, NOVA was able to provide each car with a $25 gift card to Fry’s Food Stores – a welcome surprise for many families struggling with food uncertainty. Speaking about NOVA's culture of giving back, Kathy Stern, Education Exchange Manager and Miracle en El Barrio organizer, says "To be able to enrich our lives by helping others bene fits not only our clients, but also our company environment. Working for a company that supports me trying to make the world a better place is a privilege."
To learn more about NOVA's charitable contributions, please visit novahomeloans.com/giving.