Over the past 16 years, Thomsen Homes has been proud to build quality homes for individuals and families to call home. We are grateful for all of those who have trusted us to make their dreams come true and we have a passion to make a difference in the lives of not only our homebuyers, but for all those in the various communities we serve. Part of the reason we love building houses is that we have a passion for enriching the lives of those we interact with, and one way we can do that is by giving back. Chris Thomsen, CEO and Founder, has identified three key areas that aligned with our company core values to focus on our mission to "GIVE BACK!"
Thomsen Homes encourages all employees to donate 20 hours of their time to those projects identified by the company and also those that they choose based on their personal passions. This year volunteer time included putting together floral arrangements at Hope Blooms and also delivering a whole bunch to peoples' doorsteps on May Day. We also participated in the 2021 Habitat For Humanity CEO Build. We always have a blast when we're out helping our community!
UNCERTAIN TIMES: COVID 2020
On March 21st 2020, Thomsen Homes launched a give back initiative to help alleviate some financial instabilities due to COVID-19. The initiative, which was originally set for $50,000, was to be given to those different individuals, businesses, and organizations that had been affected by the pandemic. Thomsen Homes had taken to social media to request nominations from the community and asked our social following to submit their recommendations on who should be nominated for the relief fund. The response to the give back initiative took off, and we sought out other businesses that wanted to help, in the hopes of making a greater impact. Through the generous donation of almost $60,000 from ten other businesses, along with Thomsen's 50% additional match, the total impact reached $139,000.
The 30 recipients spanned from non-profit organizations, small businesses, and individuals in the F-M area as well as Grand Forks. We worked closely with FM Area Community Foundation and funds were distributed in mid-April.
We would like to recognize our ten donors below:
FM Title, Bank Forward, Weyer-For-Hire, Dawson Insurance, Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson Law Firm, Northridge Construction, American Family Insurance DJ Colter, D&M Industries, All Season's Mechanical and Ferguson.
Thomsen Homes was a proud sponsor of Habitat for Humanity's Hero 2017 Build in honor of Officer Jason Moszer, 2019's Dakota Blitz Project and 2021's Corporate Sponsored Build. Thomsen Homes employees also volunteered time on this build and look forward to partnering with Habitat for Humanity on future projects. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity works to build simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with those in need. Stay posted for future plans as we will be announcing additional housing initiatives in 2020!
Thomsen Homes has committed to help provide food for those in our communities who may need assistance. One in nine people in North Dakota reach out for help and we are proud to partner with Great Plains Food Bank who work daily to meet that need. We are currently helping to fund their BackPack Program which is designed to send food home with children who may not have enough food for themselves and their families over the weekend or during school breaks. Elementary schools in our community have up to 75% of students qualifying for free and reduced meals.