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Values in Action

Giving back to our community and helping those in need is at the core of Wedgewood’s values.  So how does an empty home with abandoned household items fit into those values?  For our company that means repurposing everything that can be salvaged and putting those gently used goods into the hands of people who need them the most.

Often when we assume ownership of a home, the prior owners leave behind items they no longer want or need.  Rather than throwing out everything left in a vacated home, our property teams make an effort to salvage anything that may be useful to someone else.

Our Nevada team regularly donates items to Safe Nest, a family services agency that provides shelter, counseling, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence.  A typical family seeking help from Safe Nest is a mother with children who has left everything behind to escape the violence at home.  Items like the ones we donate help give them a fresh start in a safe place, where they can build a new foundation.  This past March, our Nevada team donated more than $7,000 in goods to Safe Nest including toys, headboards, dressers, lamps, washers and dryers, heaters, refrigerators, dining tables, and more.   These are just the kinds of items that can help struggling families get back on their feet.

Animal shelters too have been the beneficiaries of abandoned items.  Our teams regularly bag up left-behind towels and tattered blankets and take them to pet rescue shelters.  Even small efforts like this means less waste going to landfills.

Our Wedgewood team coordinates pickups and deliveries with local shelters and philanthropies including

Safe Nest
, Victory Outreach,
Wounded Warrior Project
,
Camaraderie Foundation
,
Orange County Animal Services
, Weekend Warrior and
Angel View
.

This kind of effort is the essence of the Wedgwood way, taking care of business and families in a conscientious manner.  We appreciate all of our employees who help make this program such a value to communities nationwide.

Victory Outreach Recipients
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Upland Men's home via Weekend Warrior
Chairs
BB Hoop

Wedgefest 2016

Searching for a way to harness the energy, enthusiasm, skills and philanthropic hearts of Wedgewood’s employees, Greg Geiser asked our State Assemblyman, David Hadley, where the greatest need was in our community. David Hadley put Greg in touch with Sharefest, a non-profit revitalization organization based out of Torrance that brings together projects in need and philanthropic groups looking to lend a hand. And from that fateful meeting, Wedgefest was born.

Our first Wedgefest project was the rehabilitation of Wilmington Park Elementary School, a 100-year old school that was badly in need of upgrades. On March 31st, 2016, 107 Wedgewood employees broke into eleven teams to take on multiple projects at the school that included a refurbished teacher’s lounge, a revitalized library with new paint, books, and a beautiful mural, new backboards for the basketball courts, and a re-landscaped play area with bench seating and artwork.

When the dust finally settled at the end of the day, Wilmington Park Elementary School received a total of $45,000 in upgrades. In addition to this contribution, Wedgewood also collected and donated 50 pairs of shoes and 500 books to the students.

Wilmington Park Elementary was the perfect opportunity for Wedgewood to leverage its employees’ unique skills while giving back to our community and is just the first of many Wedgefest projects to come.
#Wedgefest

Click on this link to view theĀ thank you note from WPE Principal Nakano.

Wedgewood’s Solar Savings

Our office building is 80% powered by solar energy which reduced our electricity bill by $143,000 in 2015, lowered our greenhouse gas emissions, and resulted in environmental savings as well. Wedgewood’s solar initiative is a win-win-win.

Wedgewood Named One of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles

Redondo Beach, CA, July 13, 2015 – Wedgewood is proud to announce that it was named as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

“Wedgewood employees share an entrepreneurial spirit and are passionate about their work. We strive to make sure our employees love coming into the office every day, and we are proud to be recognized as a great place to work.” – Michele Tasker, Director of Human Resources

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Los Angeles, benefiting the county’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 100 companies.

Companies from across the county entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Los Angeles, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.

The actual rankings will be revealed at a special event on August 19, 2015, then published in the August 24, 2015, issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal.

About Wedgewood

Wedgewood is a leading acquirer of distressed residential real estate. Founded in 1985, Wedgewood has grown into a diversified, vertically integrated company, expanding its business footprint to include residential rehabilitation, non-performing loans, property management, private lending, brokerage, escrow, and more. The company has 250 employees and is headquartered in Redondo Beach, CA.

To learn more about career opportunities at Wedgewood, visit www.wedgewood-inc.com.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkLA.com.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michele Tasker at 310-640-3070 or email at mtasker@wedgewood-inc.com.