At Wayfair, we are committed to empowering our employees to give back to their communities through volunteering. We believe in harnessing their passions by encouraging employees to take volunteer time off as well as providing opportunities to support Wayfair’s nonprofit partners who are doing work around the world to provide housing and a sense of home for all.
This year, Wayfair is excited to be supporting Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Rebecca Mann, the recipient of a new home from Homes For Our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Rebecca was on her second deployment to Afghanistan when she sustained a serious injury on her right foot, which eventually led to a double amputation of both her legs. Following constant surgeries and recovery, Rebecca found it difficult to adjust to and navigate her multi-story home at the time and was fortunate to have learned about Homes For Our Troops and the support the organization is able to provide her with.
Later this year, Wayfair will be fully furnishing Rebecca’s new home but in the meantime, a group of Wayfair employees had the opportunity to step away from their desks for a day to support the finishing touches on her home’s exterior. From laying mulch in her yard, to cleaning up the property as the construction team wraps up their work, Wayfair employees spanning various teams such as Category Management, Supplier Support, and Software Engineering all came together to not only give back, but also learn more about Rebecca, her story, and the work that Homes For Our Troops has done to support over 350 Veterans with new homes across the country.
“Homes For Our Troops is a great organization that makes such a meaningful impact on Veterans and their families as they transition to rebuilding their lives,” shared Mark Poston, VP of Consumer Sales and Services at Wayfair and executive sponsor of Wayfair’s military employee resource group. “Our teams had a wonderful time volunteering to support Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mann’s home, and we’re honored to have played a role in being able to welcome her home.”