Anderson 360 News Update: August 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Community Coffee Town Hall Meetings

These town hall meetings have been an excellent opportunity for me to hear from you about what matters to you most. Hundreds of you showed up to help me make government work for you by sharing your opinion on important issues like immigration, Second Amendment rights, health care, and our veterans.

Next community coffee town hall meeting will be in La Mesa. Here is more information about the event, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Encore Capital Group’s Global Volunteer Day with San Diego Habitat for Humanity

Encore Capital Group participated in their 5th Global Volunteer Day in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity San Diego, building fences and painting playhouses for military families in the city of El Cajon.

Sheryl Wright, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, explained how giving back to the community is part of the values Encore holds.

Sheryl Interview

The volunteers were taught by Habitat for Humanity all the skills they would need in order to work on the project. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit organization working in communities all across America and many other countries, building affordable homes. As part of their sweat equity program, recipients of the future home Sarah and her family worked tirelessly alongside us.

Sarah Interview

The San Diego Habitat for Humanity received a grant from the City of El Cajon to not only build homes but repair them as well through their neighborhood revitalization project. Listen to Nancy, from Habitat, explain who qualifies for this help.

Nancy Interview

In addition to Habitat for Humanity and all of the Encore volunteers, I wanted to say thanks to Habitat for Humanity’s CEO and former mayor of Escondido Lori Holt Pfeiler and Encore’s Sheryl Wright for all their hard work in making this day a success. This was a great day for volunteering, and I am so thankful to have been a part of it.

Joel Interview

Homes for Our Troops

A home is a place many people desire to be after a long day, where we can feel safe and secure inside the walls that surround them and where priceless family memories are created. Homes For Our Troops is an organization based in Massachusetts that recognizes the quality a home can offer and seeks to bring that to veterans and their families all across the nation. Its mission is “to build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.” On July 15th, Marine Private First Class Isaac Blunt received the keys to his new custom home for him and his family.

Photo Courtesy of Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News

Photo Courtesy of Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News

Private First Class Isaac Blunt enlisted into the Marines straight after high school and was on his first deployment to Afghanistan in March of 2011. Three months later, on June 13th of that same year, Private Blunt was on his regular foot patrol when he stepped on a pressure plate IED (improvised explosive device). The blast had taken both of Isaac’s legs, his left eye, and several fingers on his left hand. However, Blunt was determined to conquer any obstacle that stood in the way of him pursuing his dreams. Blunt has the desire to climb the world’s highest peaks and is excited to train for his climb up Mount Kilimanjaro now that the burden of finding and paying for a place where his daughter can enjoy has been lifted.

Photo Courtesy of Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News

At the Key Ceremony of Isaac’s new home, I was honored to present a Senate certificate of recognition for his service to his country. He is a hero whose sacrifice deserves our deepest respect and gratitude. As Americans, we must keep our promise to our brave men and women that put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. It was also a special privilege to present another certificate to the endearing organization of Home For Our Troops whose relentless life’s work is to serve those who have served our country.

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