Quicken Loans Helps ‘Mittens for Detroit’ Warm Hands Across the Detroit-Area

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Nation’s largest online lender makes hometown a little warmer with donation of more than 700 pairs of gloves.

“This type of commitment is what Quicken Loans celebrates and encourages in the communities where we live and work,” said Wendy Kemp, Director of Community Relations at Quicken Loans.

To protect the hands of children and adults in Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area from this year’s frigid temperatures, Quicken Loans Inc. donated more than 700 pairs of gloves to Mittens for Detroit, a community initiative founded by “Detroit 187” actress, Erin Cummings.

Quicken Loans team members came up with creative ways to collect mittens and money to purchase them, including a “comfy clothes day,” where team members wore sweatpants to work in exchange for a pair of mittens or a $5 donation, and a grilled cheese day.

The Quicken Loans Community Diff Team hosted ‘Grilled Cheese Day’ and team members were invited to purchase a full lunch that included a grilled cheese sandwich, tomato or chicken noodle soup, and a cupcake of choice from Just Baked Cupcake Shop. Volunteers were on hand to help prepare and serve food as team members could not wait to participate. At the conclusion of the lunch, $1,587 was raised to buy gloves and mittens to help those in the community keep warm this winter.

“Our company supports many non-profits and charities that have a long history in Michigan, but when work brought Erin Cummings to the city, she developed a love for Detroit and chose to make a difference with a new initiative that affects so many in our area,” said Wendy Kemp, Director of Community Relations at Quicken Loans. “It’s true that once you visit Detroit, there’s a lot of great things about the city that make you want to come back. This type of commitment is what Quicken Loans celebrates and encourages in the communities where we live and work.”

Cummings was inspired to launch the initiative after handing out candy on Halloween at her cousin’s house in Southfield, a Detroit suburb, and meeting a young trick-or-treater from Detroit who was cold because she only had one glove. The initiative partners with 10 different charities, including Covenant House of Michigan, COTS Detroit and St. Patrick Senior Center to distribute mittens throughout the entire winter season. With drop boxes in nearly 50 cities around the Detroit-area, it’s easy to “warm hearts, two hands at a time.”

Quicken Loans, a 50-state lender of refinance and purchase mortgages, will continue collecting gloves for Mittens for Detroit through the entire winter season. For more information, visit http://www.mittensfordetroit.org.

About Quicken Loans Inc:
Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and among the five largest overall retail home lenders in the United States. The company closed a record $29 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2010, and recently closed its 1 millionth loan. Quicken Loans employs approximately 3,700 team members and generates loan production from five web centers located in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Michigan as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates for 2010. “QuickenLoans.com” has been named “Best of the Web” by Forbes and Money magazines. The company also has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” eight consecutive years, ranking as high as #2, and named in the Top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for six years in a row. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in the Detroit Free Press’ ‘Top Workplaces of 2010’ List. The company recently moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its 3,700 full-time team members to downtown Detroit. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit http://www.quickenloans.com.

About Rock Holdings Inc:
Rock Holdings Inc. is the parent company for several financial services related businesses and employs over 4,000 team members. These client-focused and technologically-driven companies include Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online home lender and One Reverse Mortgage unit, the fastest growing reverse mortgage lender in America; Title Source, a nationwide leader of title insurance and settlement services; Quicken Loans Mortgage Services (QLMS), a mortgage origination platform servicing community banks and credit unions across the country; In-House Realty, the preferred real estate partner of Quicken Loans that matches clients with trusted real estate agents in all 50 states; and, Quizzle.com, the online innovator and website where consumers manage their home, money and credit. Rock Holdings, Inc. also recently moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit.

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