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March 1, 2011 > Community support needed for Giving Day charity event

Community support needed for Giving Day charity event

Submitted By Hilda Furtado

On Saturday, March 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate's Fremont office will provide services to benefit Abode Services, a non-profit organization that offers housing programs and assistance to homeless and low-income families and individuals. All of the Fremont office agents and their families will donate time or supplies for this physical service project, and provide Sunrise Village with some much needed painting throughout the facility and grounds.

Sunrise Village, located in Fremont, is a facility that was specially designed and built to house homeless families and single adults in an efficient and dignified manner. The building has a counseling area, lounges, a library, kitchen, storage and play areas. The Fremont office will be painting within the facility, including rooms, hallways, doors, and bunk beds, as well as outside the facility including the patio fence and planter boxes.

"Abode Services provides such a needed service to the Fremont community so this project is very dear to our heart, especially since it is about sheltering the people of our community," said Hilda Furtado, manager of the Fremont office.

The public is invited to come out and help with the painting or donate food and supplies to Abode Services. Visit, click on Giving Opportunities, then Our Wish List to view needed items. Supplies can be dropped off at the Fremont office and will be taken to Abode. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be made on the Abode website. Kids needing community service hours can join in the painting and receive credit for their work.

This event is part of a companywide "Giving Day" that Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie is sponsoring on Saturday, March 5th, where 40 offices and 2,000 agents will work with some 30 local charities.

To participate or learn more, please call Hilda Furtado at (510) 657-8222.

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