Pioneer Services makes the holidays brighter for local military families

Pioneer Services is always looking for ways to give back to the communities it serves, and this holiday season is no different. The Pioneer Services office in Las Vegas has partnered with the Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) "Adopt-A-Family" program, volunteering to sponsor seven at-need military families with a combined 18 children.

"Last year we sponsored four families, but with economic conditions being what they are this year, we wanted to do a bit more," said Jeff Heinzelman, director of lending operations. "Our associates have really stepped up as well. They've donated money and time, and have really gotten into the giving spirit."

A tree was set up in the Pioneer Services office that contained ornaments with information on what each child and parent wanted. Money was then collected, presents were bought, and a gift wrapping party got everything ready for delivery on Monday, Dec. 15.

"These families give so much to our nation," added Heinzelman, "that giving back to them when they need it is just the right thing to do. And we're already looking forward to ways we can do more next year."

In addition to the Las Vegas Adopt-A-Family effort, Pioneer Services and its associates are also helping military families across the country this holiday seasons through food drives, giving away more than $14,000 in commissary holiday vouchers, and participating in the Department of Veterans Affairs "Stand Down Day" for homeless veterans.