Helping hands: Service companies go above and beyond

Helping hands: Service companies go above and beyond

by Staci Giordullo

As natural disasters and the economic crisis continue to affect so many, both individuals and businesses have stepped up to help neighbors in need. Last year, 63.4 million Americans volunteered — an increase of 1.6 million from 2008, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Benevolence is a priority for Angie's List members. More than 80 percent of those who responded to an online poll say it's important for service providers to give back to their communities.

Companies on the List understand and share this priority. Whether it's rebuilding an orphanage in Haiti, mentoring young adults in Baltimore or providing free construction work to families down on their luck, the women and men rated on Angie's List have some of the most generous hearts around. Here are just a few of their stories.

Handyman is a hero in Haiti



House cleaning service hires, inspires youth



Haircuts help clean up oil spill



Complimentary construction helps those in need



Painter's murals brighten communities



Landscaper donates service to those who serve



Furnace repair job gets paid in beans



Contractor maintains shelter for troubled teens



Concrete expert measures success by giving


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