ApartmentFinder.com Gives Back to Aid Residents of El Reno, Oklahoma With Their Housing Needs

Author: Alecia Pirulis

MISSION (EK group of workers)

Sponsors Mission El Reno, A Weeklong Event Drawing Youths Across Oklahoma Conducting Local Community Service

Atlanta, GA (August 1, 2012)ApartmentFinder.com supported teens across Oklahoma who gathered at Mission El Reno, July 22-27, to work in the local community and assist numerous service organizations to aid in the housing needs of residents. Hosted by First Christian Church in El Reno, the weeklong event also drew community residents, local churches and corporate sponsors to provide hospitality, conduct work projects and entertain the participating youths during their stay. Cougar Crossing Apartment Community housed the youth groups.

Youth from several Oklahoma towns including Duncan, Enid, Fairview, Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Norman, Guthrie, Midwest City, Cushing, Chandler, Perry, Claremore and El Reno participated with area churches. Projects included painting and home repairs, yard work, tree limb removal, Mobile Meals delivery, collecting can goods for the food bank, and more.

Tara Dew, Director of Youth First Christian Church, says, “We have many residents struggling to upkeep or repair on their homes and have a warm meal – and we want to give back to El Reno. We also have many social service organizations that are trying to fill needs for this community with limited funding. The congregation of First Christian Church has a big heart for our community and a desire to give back right here at home. So we hosted Mission El Reno to help these community members with maintaining their home.”

Mission El Reno participants gather for worship featuring praise music from Chase Callahan Band from Greenville, South Carolina.

Teens gathered every morning and evening after community service for worship that included praise music from Chase Callahan Band from Greenville, South Carolina as well as a spiritual message from Brandon Gilvin, Associate Director, Week of Compassion. Activities included a pool party, ghost tour, dance at the Express Barn, movies at the Centre Theater and a drive-in. Also one day was dedicated to team building with sessions on work site safety, arts/crafts, bowling, first aid training, dance, and theater.

Chase Callahan Band

Marcia Bollinger (front row, left), President of Apartment Finder, with the Mission El Reno youths, and Chase Callahan Band.

Marcia Bollinger, President of Apartment Finder, adds, “We are so touched by the outpouring of support in El Reno, my hometown, to many local citizens needing assistance. ApartmentFinder.com helps millions of people find an apartment home every day and we were happy to be able to give back with our time and donations to a cause where Oklahoma youth completed projects around people’s homes.”

For more information or to support Mission El Reno, go to www.fccelreno.org/mission or follow on Facebook at Mission El Reno 2012. To donate, call Tara Dew at 405-262-3539 or email taradew@hotmail.com.

Apartment Finder is the anchor of the multi-family division of Network Communications, Inc., the largest publisher of print and online housing information in North America. Apartment Finder’s print and online products provide the latest information about apartment rentals to millions of consumers around the country, while offering a comprehensive and targeted integrated advertising solution for multi-housing professionals. The fastest-growing media platform in the multi-family industry, Apartment Finder publishes content in nearly 300 markets across the U.S. and operates ApartmentFinder.com, the #1 consumer-preferred site featuring state-of-the-art searching and mapping features for apartment renters.

About Network Communications, Inc.

Network Communications, Inc. is a leading local media company providing lead generation, advertising and Internet marketing services to the luxury and multi-family segments of the housing industry. The Company’s leading brands are Apartment Finder, DigitalSherpa, Unique Homes, New England Home and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. The Company’s strategy focuses on providing high-quality and measurable marketing solutions to local clients by leveraging its proprietary prospect-focused distribution, social media and online franchises, and content management infrastructure.

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