Xactware Employees Join United Way in Day of Caring
About 30 employees roll up sleeves to paint, lay floor, and trim yard for a Provo family in need.
Home repairs are the lifeblood of Xactware’s products and services, but on Wednesday, about 30 Xactware employees rolled up their sleeves and got a hands-on taste of home improvement as they were among more than 1,200 volunteers involved with the United Way of Utah Valley’s Day of Caring.
Volunteers from a number of major Utah Valley businesses and institutions fanned out to 35 work sites across Utah County, participating in projects that varied from building homes with Habitat for Humanity to assembling teaching kits at a Head Start preschool.
The Xactware crew joined with about 20 volunteers from BYU’s Office of the General Counsel and Xavier Paint Contracting to breathe new life into a home in Provo’s Indian Hills neighborhood. The work crew spent about six hours cleaning, sanding, and painting every room of the home’s ground floor – including two living rooms, kitchen/dining area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and several hallways – repairing damaged walls, installing laminate flooring in the home’s downstairs, trimming trees and doing other work in the front and back yards, washing windows, and repairing everything from broken sprinklers and a basketball hoop to the roof and rain gutters. The cheery white paint lightened up the formerly dark, wood-paneled walls of the family’s main living quarters, much to the delight of several volunteers who mentioned the difference the paint made.
“We really appreciate and are amazed by how much work got done today,” said Chelsea Ruiz, a financial stability coordinator with United Way who headed the site project. “A lot of extra projects that we didn’t think would get done – and which weren’t even on the list – were taken care of because people just said ‘Hey, I can fix this.’ The Xactware team went above and beyond.”
David Luse, a project manager with Xactimate, said he enjoyed the outstanding camaraderie among the Xactware team, which drew from departments across the company.
“It was nice to see all the different skills we had on the team – what everyone can do outside of marketing or writing code, beyond their Xactware skill set,” Luse said.
Jim Evans, Xactware’s chief operating officer who is serving as chairman of the board for the United Way of Utah County, presented an award to Xactware CEO Jim Loveland for Xactware’s sponsorship of the event during the kick-off breakfast at BYU’s LaVell Edwards Stadium. Evans told the volunteers that this year’s group was a record number for the annual project.
“This is a great victory against apathy,” Evans said. “We’re showing that we care about the community as we meet new people and join together in this common cause.”
To see more pictures from Xactware’s Day of Caring project, visit the United Way of Utah County’s Facebook page.
Xactware Solutions, Inc. (Xactware) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Verisk Analytics specializing in the property insurance, remodeling, and restoration industries. Xactware’s technology tools include software estimating programs for PCs and tablet PCs, as well as powerful online systems for replacement-cost calculations, estimate tracking, and data trending in real time.
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