RBC Wealth Management employees are helping to ensure that injured veterans have a place to call home.

At two recent events, the firm’s employees helped raise nearly $40,000 to support Building Homes for Heroes, a national nonprofit that builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, to injured servicemen or women.

“Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country, and many face difficult challenges when they return home,” says Pat Vaughan, east division director of RBC Wealth Management and executive sponsor of the firm’s veterans-focused employee resource group. “Building Homes for Heroes provides these veterans with the support and resources they need to live a productive civilian life.”

‘A powerful story’

Chris Vollmer, a financial advisor in RBC Wealth Management’s New York-Midtown office, has been involved with Building Homes for Heroes for nearly eight years. When he first learned about the nonprofit, Vollmer was struck by its mission.

“When I had a chance to get to know the people doing the work, and the opportunity to speak with some of the people who have received homes, it was impossible to walk away unaffected by that,” Vollmer says.

Since 2013, Building Homes for Heroes has gifted nearly 200 homes mortgage-free to injured veterans and their families. The organization also offers financial planning services, family funding and emergency support to the veteran community. Every veteran who receives a home is connected with a financial planning representative, who provides advice and guidance to the new, and sometimes first-time, homeowners related to home maintenance, home expenses and planning for a successful future.

Through those types of resources, Vollmer says, Building Homes for Heroes doesn’t just support veterans – they also support families.

“Building Homes for Heroes supports the children, the wives, the husbands, everyone who’s been changed forever by the injury to the veteran,” Vollmer says. “They’re giving them help for the rest of their lives.”

In 2018, Vollmer introduced Building Homes for Heroes to some of his colleagues in New York, which led to the nonprofit being invited to present at two recent RBC Wealth Management events. Employees attending the annual conference of the firm’s women-focused employee resource group and the annual Private Client Group meeting heard a presentation from U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Kirstie Ennis, who was seriously injured in Afghanistan and received a mortgage-free home from Building Homes for Heroes.

“It’s a powerful story,” Vollmer says. “Everything the organization is doing is right.”

surprised couple enters new home

Since 2013, Building Homes for Heroes has gifted nearly 200 homes mortgage-free to injured veterans and their families

Following the presentations, employees at both events raised a total of $40,000 in support of the nonprofit.

“Building Homes for Heroes is proud to be gifting one home every 11 days for our nation’s injured veterans, and we couldn’t do it without the amazing support from corporations like RBC Wealth Management,” says Andy Pujol, CEO and founder of Building Homes for Heroes.

Photo credits: Photos courtesy of Building Homes for Heroes

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