MI Windows and Doors Donates Windows to Homes for Our Troops
MI Windows and Doors (MIWD), one of America’s leading window and door manufacturers, donated and helped to install a complete window package of new MI EnergyCore windows into a Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) home being built in Parker, Colorado. The home was built for Army Corporal Nick Orchowski and his family.
Homes for Our Troops provides homes at no cost to eligible veterans by raising donations of money, building materieals, and professional labor. The Charity Watch, one of the country’s premier charity watchdog organizations, has included Homes for Our Troops in their "Top-Rated Veterans & Military Charities" listing. Only 7 of the 40 Veterans charities rated by AIP are included in the Top-Rated Category.
Army Corporal Nick Orchowski was on his first deployment when he was left a quadriplegic after being thrown from the gunner’s hatch of a vehicle that was hit during an insurgents' attack, in Baghdad, Iraq in May 2004. Married only four days before deploying to Iraq, CPL Orchowski was the main gunner of the lead vehicle in a convoy, when they came under attack while on the main supply route leading into Baghdad. Orchowski suffered fractures of C4, C5, and C6 vertebrae and was immediately paralyzed from the neck down.
“We are grateful for the thousands of donors supporting our mission, such as MI Windows and Doors, whose generosity and support has helped enable Homes for Our Troops to build this home for Nick Orchowski and his family,” said Kenneth Preston, President, Homes for Our Troops.
Nick expressed his thanks to those who are helping to provide him with a specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops. "Thank you for your support and kindness, not only have you honored me as a veteran of combat, but you have also changed my family's lives as well. I will no longer have to adapt to the un-adapted. I have had to rely on other people to help me with most things in my new home. I will now be able to be more independent. Homes for Our Troops and their volunteers and donors depict the True American Spirit! Thank you," he said.
The MI EnergyCore Window System has been recognized as one of the energy efficient windows available on the market today and was recently awarded the 2011 Product of the Year Award for energy efficiency by Builder News Magazine. What this means for Nick and his family is that they will have lower energy bills as well as stronger, more secure, and quieter windows.
Mike Schnitker, Regional Sales Manager, assisted with the installation. "It was satisfying knowing that these MI EnergyCore windows are going to such a good cause. They installed easily and I was proud of the job that our team did to produce such a quality product. These windows will provide Nick with many years of energy savings."
Volunteers are needed to complete the landscaping at the home. Please join the team for the Volunteer Day on June 30, 2012. Volunteers should bring shovels, rakes, gloves, buckets, work clothes, gloves, coolers and ice for the day! The home is located at 3004 Coal Creek Street, Parker, CO 80138. There will also be fundraising opportunities on site to raise donations for CPL Nick Orchowski's home. HFOT Gear will be sold and there will be a Pancake Breakfast that morning at the site.
MI Windows and Doors is commited to giving back to the community and especially to organizations that support our men and women in uniform. Over the last 10 years, MI Windows and Doors has donated over $1.2M in products and services to charity.
About Homes for Our Troops
About Homes for Our Troops: Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Taunton, Mass. founded in 2004. Homes for Our Troops’ mission is to build specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001. All homes are built at no cost to the veteran through the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate contributors. Homes for Our Troops has received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, Mail us at: Homes For Our Troops, 6 Main Street, Taunton, MA 02780 or Phone: 508-823-3300 or Toll Free: (866) 7 TROOPS, http://www.homesforourtroops.org
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