Middleburg Team Members Embrace Spanish Program; Join Mission to Yabucoa, Puerto Rico for Hurricane Rebuilding

Barnes McClamrock, a manager at a Greenville, SC apartment community, Mosby Poinsett, won his company’s Spanish Language Contest after rapidly completing a Rosetta Stone class. Meanwhile, employees at Mosby Ingleside, outside Charleston, SC, filled a glass jar with Pennies for Puerto Rico. The efforts were all part of an employee-driven, company-supported initiative, Middleburg ¡Mas! In September, eight Middleburg team members took their experiences and newly honed Spanish skills to Puerto Rico for a week of work participating in hurricane reconstruction efforts. As part of the volunteer mission, Middleburg partnered with All Hand and Hearts (AHAH). All Hands and Hearts is the world’s leading volunteer, disaster relief organization. Over the last 10 years they have enabled 35,000 volunteers to donate 175,000 days to work alongside local residents and partners to restore and transform communities.

As part of this inaugural program, all Middleburg employees, in both the corporate office and property offices throughout the Southeast United States, were eligible to complete a Rosetta Stone® Spanish Language program to improve their proficiency in Spanish speaking. The program lasted 12 months with the company covering the cost of the program as well as allowing some paid work time each week to complete the course. Throughout the year, participating employees completed individual and group activities and tests and welcomed native speakers hosting tutoring sessions.

The program culminated with the opportunity to travel together to put their new skills to work. Employees that participated in the ¡Mas! program had the opportunity to fundraise for, and join, a six-day, company-supported volunteer mission to Yabucoa, Puerto Rico in September of 2019 to work on reconstructing areas of the island damaged by Hurricane Maria and Irma. During the trip, Middleburg employees helped with roof and home repair as well as cleaning and debris removal.

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