The Care Fund has not even been in existence for two years and it already has helped more than 100 families make mortgage or rent payments while their child is in the hospital. The fund is close to reaching the $1 million mark for donations.
“It has been humbling to see the outpouring support,” said Care Fund founder Bill Rogers.
The Care Fund pays rent or mortgages for families who need financial help while a child is in the hospital. “We want to be that bridge to help get them back on their feet financially,” Rogers said.
Last year the Care Fund helped 40 families make mortgage or rent payments, giving $2,423 on average.
Rogers, the CEO of Scottsdale-based Homeowners Financial Group co-founded the Care Fund in 2013. He started growing it by inviting others in the homeownership industry get involved. “I knew that message would hit home with the homeowners industry,” Rogers said. “It is tied closely to our industry so people in our industry can relate to it.”
Even competitors of Homeowners Financial Group are involved. People who work for other mortgage companies are on the Care Fund board of directors. “We check the company name at the door. It is about doing good things together,” Rogers said.
The Care Fund is reaching out to other industries and businesses to gain support. The Care Fund boasts its unique fundraisers as a way of introducing new people to its cause. The first fundraising event the Care Fund put on was a roast of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Earlier this year it held a Caddyshack-themed golf tournament. On Nov. 1, it is holding a western-themed gala.
Information on the Care Fund and its events can be found on its website, www.TheCareFund.org.