Our associates are committed to strengthening the communities in which we live and work. This is evidenced by the investment of time, talent and resources into a wide range of projects.
In being good stewards of our resources, we place a priority on investing in people and especially in education. ECI has helped to renovate local schools and supports after school programs through the efforts of team members at individual properties. One of the most recent examples was to support the renovation and expansion of The Drake House whose mission is to provide short term crisis housing and support to homeless mothers and their children in the Atlanta area. Through this involvement and commitment to supportive housing, these residents can regain self-sufficiency.
We develop strategic alliances with other business partners to join in local efforts that strengthen our neighborhoods and promote positive youth development. We also invest in arts and cultural organizations that help to create vibrant engaging communities. Our strength as an organization is a result of long hours of hard work and dedication by a committed group of people who want to see success happen for everyone. When there is a need in a local community, we pride ourselves in being the first ones to step up and offer a helping hand.
For over twenty years, ECI has joined others in the fight to drive out hunger by participating in one of the nation’s most successful volunteer missions with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This is a project that extends to every resident on every property and has resulted in the distribution of nearly 2 million pounds of donated grocery products each month to more than 700 nonprofit partner agencies throughout the metro area.
These are just a few of the many examples of our community partnerships. We understand that leadership begins with service and we seek out opportunities to serve in our local communities. Our founder Henry Hirsch understood the value of friendship and the meaning of family. Throughout his entire life he made himself and his company available to help others. Whether it was offering construction expertise to a non-profit organization or simply sharing a meal, Henry made sure that people had the resources to rebound from adversity and pave the way for success. This was the type of leader he was and even as of today, our ECI family offers our service to others.