A large piece of cardboard, with cartoon-like images of a curvy street and houses made of pastel fabric is not something you'll see in a world-famous museum. But this work of art, affectionately referred to as "the neighborhood," is so much more. It represents compassion, creativity, and the desire to make a difference in the lives of people three time zones and 3,000 miles away.
American Capital Group, located in Irvine, Calif., is an equipment finance company that has been in business since 1995. ACG leases computers, trucks and capital equipment to other businesses. Looking for a way to give back, the company decided to change its mission statement during a leadership team retreat last year.
"Our mission is to deliver innovative equipment financing solutions that enhance the lives of our customers, employees and community," said Burke Wiedel, a Controller, with ACG.
It's the 'community' portion of the statement, he says, that led them to Food For The Poor and the goal of raising enough money to build 20 homes for families recovering from the Jan.12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
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