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McKee Homes Intern Program

McKee Homes is excited to welcome the 2021 class of summer interns to the McKee Family! This is our second consecutive year offering the McKee Homes Intern Program to college students looking for real-world work experience within the rapidly expanding homebuilding industry.

Program Purpose

To develop the next generation of home building industry professionals by training and educating top performers about the multiple disciplines involved in the new home construction industry and McKee Homes.

The selected interns will have a unique opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills while also learning about specific areas of the business through a McKee Syllabus and from other associates, consultants, and professionals.

We want to create an environment where top interns see a path for career development in the home building industry.

Meet the Interns

We are excited to welcome four interns this summer to the McKee Homes Intern Program!

Tyler Davis rejoins McKee Homes this summer as a Land Acquisition and Development Intern, as previously working as a Construction Intern in the 2020 summer program. Tyler is currently a rising Junior at East Carolina University studying Construction Management.

Tyler Peacock joins the McKee Homes Intern Program as a Starts & Pre-Construction Intern and is currently studying Accounting at East Carolina University as a rising Sophomore.

Luke Dobson joins McKee Homes as a Construction Intern this summer as a rising Junior at East Carolina studying Construction Management as well.

Lastly, we are excited to welcome Quinn Spear to McKee Homes this summer as a Construction Intern, he is currently a rising Freshman at East Carolina University studying Construction Management.

Continuous Improvement

The McKee Homes Intern Program ties directly into one of our core values, Continuous Improvement, which focuses on believing in clear and respectful communication, that we are lifelong students and coaches, and that we are building a cure for Alzheimer’s.

We believe that this intern program offers students a valuable opportunity to explore their field of study in the real world. Each intern is provided with a mentor along with their manager, to ensure that there are no communication gaps between what is expected of them throughout the program and that they always have someone to ask questions to. Each intern is also expected to register for their regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s, so they can experience our community embrace efforts and give back to not only the Alzheimer’s Association but a charity or organization of their choice through our Associate Community Embrace Program.

Intern Opportunities

  • Participate in all activities described in this document and listed in
  • Intern’s Job Description.
  • Collaborate with McKee Homes’ Associates.
  • Attend all meetings and staff functions.
  • Apply their educational background to workplace experiences.
  • Keep an open mind and be willing to learn new things.
  • Seek feedback and ask questions.
  • Complete mid and end-of-program self-assessment.
  • Become a registered Fundraiser and participate in one of our Regional Walks to End Alzheimer’s.
  • It is preferable that an intern be interested in returning for a second summer internship, which will include leadership opportunities in the role of mentor to 1st-year interns.
  • Opportunity to join Team McKee full time!

How to Apply

Are you interested in joining the McKee Homes Intern Program next summer? If so, send your resume and cover letter to Julie Russo at Julie@McKeeHomesNC.com or visit our Careers Page.

Benefits of Being a McKee Intern

  • Training Syllabus Developed in Collaboration with ECU Career Services
  • Comprehensive Overview of all McKee Departments
  • Project-Based Learning Opportunities
  • Dedicated Mentors to Facilitate Day-to-Day Learning
  • Continuous Feedback Given by Mentor and Manager
  • Formal Mid and End of Program Evaluation
  • Competitive Compensation
  • Career-Building Experiences: Networking, Public Speaking, Cross-Department
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McKee Homes Community Embrace Initiatives

McKee Homes is a family-owned business that believes in the power of doing the right thing for not only our customers, trade partners, and employees, but also within communities in which we do business. This is why we are constantly involved in various local and national charities through our Community Embrace Initiatives.

Our Mission Statement

To passionately enrich the quality of life of individuals in our communities by helping the Alzheimer’s Association accomplish their vision, which is, A World Without Alzheimer’s. In addition, we recognize the many needs of the communities we build in and have a passion for helping those who may not be able to help themselves. That is why we partner with other key charitable organizations, including KidsPeace, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Habitat for Humanity and The Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem Association.

Community Embrace Initiatives

Within the past few months, our Community Embrace Program has been hard at work with several different initiates throughout the Wilmington, Fayetteville, and Raleigh Areas.

Women’s Build

McKee Homes is proud to be involved in the Fayetteville and Wilmington Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build! Our goal with the Fayetteville Habitat Women’s Build is to build two homes in partnership with local hardworking families and provide access to an affordable mortgage.

women's build

This home will be funded and constructed primarily by women and will provide a female-friendly worksite that empowers women to take leadership roles and learn new skills while building homes, community, and hope, all while providing the opportunity for women to take proactive steps in serving their communities.

Since 1991, Women’s Build volunteers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities. There is still time to join the cause and make a donation, the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity has yet to reach its fundraising goals!

Playhouse Build

Team McKee was honored to support the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity affordable housing program through the Playhouse Project! unique volunteer opportunity that gives groups and individuals a meaningful, creative, and hands-on day of building playhouses that are then donated to local children.

playhouse build

This great cause not only provides a child with a place to create a world of fun to discover their creativity, but serves the affordable housing needs throughout the Cape Fear region! They might be little houses, but the Playhouse Program makes a huge impact. It’s grown from building 20 playhouses in 2009, to a major operation that donated over 500 playhouses and raised over a million dollars last year!

Don’t forget to check out some of the upcoming Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity initiatives, and see what YOU can do to help this beautiful region by volunteering.

Corn Hole Tournament

Team McKee was excited to participate in the 6th annual Fayetteville Homebuilders Association Corn Hole Tournament! This event was a great opportunity for McKee Homes to grow its network within the city of Fayetteville, all while expanding our Community Embrace efforts.

cornhole tournament

The Home Builders Association of Fayetteville’s mission is to serve, advocate, and promote the local building and development industries while fostering unity between members, government and the community.

Masked Singer – Wake County HBA

On March 25th, McKee Homes was invited to participate in the annual Masked Singer event, hosted by the Wake County Homebuilders Association! Different groups of HBA members sung their favorite songs, while others tried to guess who is behind each mask.

This fun event was an effort to help the Wake County Homebuilding Association achieve its mission of advocating, educating, and promoting the building industry within the Wake County area.

The Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA) represents and promotes the interests of the residential building industry on issues that affect their ability to provide housing that is affordable for all citizens of Wake County. The association serves as the voice of the residential construction industry at the local, state, and national levels.

Care Clinic – Toast of the Town

We were excited to participate in the 16th Annual “Toast of the Town” Wine and Beer Tasting Fundraiser on May 6 at The Cape Fear Botanical Garden!

The event raises money to support The CARE Clinic which is a private non-profit organization that provides free basic medical care and dental extraction services for eligible uninsured, low-income adults living in Cumberland County and surrounding areas. The CARE Clinic is not funded by the government and relies totally on fundraising events, private and corporate donations, and grants to finance the clinic.

Learn more about The CARE Clinic and upcoming fundraising events!

Hammer & Nails Golf Tournament

McKee Homes was honored to participate in the 17th annual 2021 Spring Hammers and Nails Golf Tournament, supporting Hammer & Nails, Inc.! This event was in efforts to help the Hammer & Nails non-profit outreach ministry that works with disadvantaged Stark County homeowners with home & property repairs.

Fayetteville Urban Ministries Golf Tournament

Members of Team McKee are excited to be participating in the 25th Annual Fayetteville Urban Ministry Golf Classic, taking place Saturday, June 12th, 2021 at Gates Four Golf & Country Club. Last year, this event raised over $35,000 in support for our programs in Fayetteville & Cumberland County, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s event can help raise!

More Information

Learn more about McKee Home’s Community Embrace Initiatives!

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McKee Homes Sponsors Fayetteville Woodpeckers Alzheimer’s Awareness Night

McKee Homes is excited to be a part of minor-league baseballs’ return to Fayetteville, NC and will sponsor the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 2019 Alzheimer’s Awareness night on July 27th, 2019.

It’s no secret that Fayetteville Woodpeckers inaugural season has created a lot of excitement in Fayetteville, NC! It’s no surprise really, the team has given Fayetteville a good reason to be excited. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are the Class A affiliate of the 2017 World Series Champions: the Houston Astros. Recently the team moved into their new home, Segra Stadium, in Cool Springs District of downtown Fayetteville. With its headquarters located just blocks from Segra Stadium, McKee Homes was excited to see how the team would impact the community. The proximity of Segra Stadium to McKee’s home base, and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ desire to increase Alzheimer’s awareness, made McKee’s sponsorship of their Alzheimer’s Awareness night a natural pairing. On this night, McKee Homes will help the team “Paint the Park Purple” to increase Alzheimer’s Awareness in the Fayetteville, NC community.

A Cause that Hits Home

Spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease is near and dear to McKee Homes. Owner Pat McKee is all too familiar with the impact Alzheimer’s has on those afflicted as well as their loved ones. Pat’s father Joe succumbed after a ten-year battle with this devastating disease. While Joe McKee had a long and successful career in business, he also personally built new homes for his family. Alzheimer’s robbed him of his dream of one day becoming a new home builder. When Pat and his brother Mike formed McKee Homes, they dedicated the company to the memory of their father. In hopes that one day other families will not have to face the heartbreak caused by Alzheimer’s disease, they established the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer Fund. A percentage of every home sale by McKee Homes goes into this fund to support Alzheimer’s research and care. In addition, the McKees work closely with the Eastern North Carolina Service Area of the Alzheimer’s Association®, supporting efforts such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Awareness is incredibly important because early detection is key in receiving beneficial and appropriate treatment. Often, people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed too late and miss the opportunity to receive the best possible treatment. By increasing awareness in its community, McKee Homes hopes to help create a World Without Alzheimer’s.

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What is a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s?

A team captain for the Walk to end Alzheimer’s plays a crucial role in helping the Alzheimer’s Association meet its goals by being heavily involved in the fundraising and participation aspect of the walk. It is the team captain’s job to be the organizer, motivator, and leader for those on your team. A team captain is provided with an ample amount of tools and resources to successfully raise awareness and funds to help the walk to end Alzheimer’s.

 

The goal of a team captain is to use the tools on your captain’s page in order to spread the news and updates about the upcoming events. The goal should be to get the word out to as many people as you can in hopes that those who feel passionate about the cause can know when and how to join or help.

 

One thing I have learned since my time of being a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is that you don’t have to have a personal connection or story pertaining to the disease. However,  after hearing people’s testimonies and seeing the impact this disease and organization has on others around the community, it makes it easier to be motivated to help the cause and make a difference however you can. This feeling and motivation to help can make the role of being a team captain somewhat easy because you will quickly realize that there are a lot of people who want to volunteer, help, or contribute in other ways.

As a team captain, it is helpful to  go into the role with a goal and a plan. Whether your goal  is to recruit a certain number of members on your team, or to raise a certain dollar amount.  Having a goal will help you and your  team stay motivated and and on track.

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What does your Alzheimer’s Association donations go towards?

The Alzheimer’s Association is an international organization fighting to help make a difference in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Many people from around the globe support the fundraising efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, but some may be wonder, “Where does the money go? What does the money raised help with? How does my dollar make a difference?”

The Alzheimer Association uses donations to:

  • provide care and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s
  • drive research toward treatment and prevention, in hopes of finding a cure
  • serve as the voice for the needs and rights of those affected by Alzheimer’s

Providing care and support

The Alzheimer’s Association has an online message board and a 24/7 helpline that offers assistance to those seeking information. Support groups are also available to help those facing the disease realize they are not alone in the journey as people from their community lock arms to be there for one another.

  • Online message boards through ALZConnected®
  • A free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) offering information and referrals

Local Support Groups:

  • Caregiver Support Groups are held at Carillon Assisted Living, the Enrichment Center of Lee County, and the Alzheimer’s Association Office
  • Male Caregiver Support Group is available at WakeMed-Cary

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What about research?

The Alzheimer’s Association provides more than $405 million to over 2,600 scientific proposals which help lead to huge treatment advancements. For example, the global research community came together and designed the first new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s in 27 years.

Speak up for the needs and rights of those affected!

  • Help pass legislation like the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (mandated a national plan to fight Alzheimer’s)
  • Continue to help ensure federal policy reflects the Alzheimer’s epidemic (which resulted in a $350 million increase in funding)

BBA Wise Giving Alliance non-profit organizations should allocate 65% of total expenses on program activities, with the remainder going to fundraising or administrative needs. The Alzheimer’s Association actually gives a minimum of 79% of its total budget to the needs of Alzheimer’s, a standard possible because of the tremendous volunteer support.

 

 

Join my team at http://act.alz.org/goto/walkthewalkteamchase

Learn more at alz.org/walk

 

Chase Hill

Community Outreach Coordinator, McKee Homes

 

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McKee Homes Donates $30,000 to Alzheimer’s Association

mckee homes donates to alzheimer's association

McKee Homes sponsored the Fayetteville Chamber’s Business After Hours event at Marquis Market in downtown Fayetteville Thursday evening, Feb. 25 at 5:30 pm. The Business After Hours event brings together many local residents, professionals and business owners from the Fayetteville area for a popular networking event.

Pat McKee, President of McKee Homes and President of the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville, along with wife Julie Russo who is VP of Human Resources at McKee Homes, presented the Alzheimer’s Association® with a promotional check for $30,000 which covers all the donations made in 2015 by McKee Homes. Lisa Roberts, Executive Director, Eastern North Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, accepted the check at the Business After Hours event. From 2011 to 2016, McKee Homes has donated approximately $135,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association® through the Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association® website at alz.org®, North Carolina is home to more than 160,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and half a million unpaid caregivers. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter is responsible for providing programs and support services, information, referral, education and advocacy to the 51 counties of Eastern North Carolina.

“Our mission is to utilize our resources and good fortune to support the Alzheimer’s cause in the greater Fayetteville, Wilmington and Raleigh areas by raising awareness of this devastating disease, supporting initiatives of the Alzheimer’s Association® and helping fund Alzheimer’s care and research,” said Pat McKee.

The Business After Hours event was well attended with great food and door prizes given away by McKee Homes.

Being an AEDA Champion

Just 2 months until the Walk!

McKee Homes is an Alzheimer’s Association Early Detection Alliance (AEDA) Champion.  So what does an AEDA champion do and why is early detection so important?  According to the Alzheimer’s Association®:

AEDA Champions are:

  • A reliable source of Alzheimer’s information for those who need help.
  • A vehicle to increase awareness of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A positive force to improve the health of your company, organization or community.
  • A part of a nationwide network of organizations that are addressing the Alzheimer’s crisis.
  • A leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Early Detection Matters
Early detection of Alzheimer’s is important for both individuals at risk and those who are caregivers for family members. Most people do not know when forgetting becomes a serious health problem. By putting off learning more, people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease are being diagnosed too late and miss the opportunity to get the best help possible.

Ten early warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
  4. Confusion with time or place.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  7. Misplacing things and loosing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Decreased or pour judgment.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  10. Changes in mood and personality.

Helping Kids Understand Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s has affected my family very deeply.  In the Spring of 2010, my husband lost his father to this disease.  His mom was his father’s primary caregiver.  She shared very little of what she experienced, but when she did share her deep love and compassion for her husband was evident.

Alzheimer’s doesn’t make sense to adults, so how can we explain it to kids?  We can’t answer their questions about “how” and “why.”  We can’t tell them that we won’t get it.  We can’t tell them how to prevent it.  We can’t tell them that there is medicine to take for it.  What we can do is show them that we have the power in us to change some of these “can’ts” to “cans.”  

2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's

My husband and I have hosted the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past two years.  All four of our children have participated in this event.  Last year, they wrote and performed a song about Alzheimer’s.  They also made duct tape wallets, koozies and magnets and gave them away to people who made a small donation to the Alzheimer’s Association®. 

We talk to them about how some of the money we raise goes to research that will help scientists better understand this disease and eventually find a cure.  We talk about the caregivers who are able to attend support group meetings that help them better care for their loved ones.  We explain that years ago people got sick and died from diseases that now have cures.

Really, children and adults want the same thing.  They want hope.  They want to make a difference.  They want to feel like they are part of something bigger then themselves. 

The Alzheimer’s Associations® created a video you can share with your children and teens to educate them about this disease.