Posted by Camille Penrod on October 12, 2016 in Inside our Offices

Habitat For Humanity RoofAt Ancestry we’re always looking for ways to give back which is why we work with Habitat for Humanity to provide financial support and employee volunteers to help build and repair houses so people can have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.  

Employees from our Lehi, Orem and Salt Lake City offices spent a week building a new home for a local American Fork family. We want our employees to get personally involved in the community and offer our employees time to volunteer on the clock so they’re able to participate in meaningful charities. Our volunteers always work hard and get a lot done, and this week was no exception.

The new home has a nice frame and roof and employees will be returning to help with drywalling and painting. We’re so excited for the family that will receive this house. A big thanks to Habitat for Humanity for facilitating the building of great homes for deserving families.

Camille Penrod

Camille Penrod has been at Ancestry since June 2015 focusing her efforts on supporting the communications team. She graduated from Brigham Young University cum laude and with honors earning a B.A in Communications and minors in Business Management and Ballroom Dance. When Camille is not at work she enjoys teaching dance and playing games with family and friends from her home town. She is proud to be the granddaughter of an FBI agent and the great-great-granddaughter of a farmer who grew some of the largest apples in Utah.


  1. Tammy Gass

    This comment is in reguard to giving back. I had a question. As I went on this life changing journey that was not planned in any way, I realized that even thought the price of DNA testing has come down in cost it still can be out of reach for some people who need it the most. I was wondering if there are any non profit or organizations that would help guide one/and or a family if they were disadvantage due to income? Or does Ancestry have any types of programs for low income “below the poverty line” families/individual. I don’t want to get lost in my story, but my own personal experience made me realize how there are people out there that this would mean the world to them. I myself never had a clue who my father was, my mother never spoke of his name, and to be honest I felt she did not know. My whole life I was more then content with this, I even told people honestly I don’t miss something I never had. Most of my cousins did not have dads due to abuse so it was a great thing growing up just my mom, grandma, sister and I. My sister and I have different dads with her having NO CLUE who her father is also. She felt a half missing from her, and while I understood how she could feel that way I did not feel the same. She had no clue her ethnicity on both mom and dads side (our mom grew up with divorced parents so we did not know grandpa) As a gift for my mother on her 50th birthday two years ago I wanted to build her family tree. I was sorta shocked how well I taught myself to research records. Not to get side tracked but I wanted to test my knowledge and new found passion and used a few VERY HELPFUL items I have learned form I have been able to help people find family they did not know they even had. One awesome time I helped a family friend find her birth mom before DNA linked her to her birth dad. 🙂 🙂 ..I see how very very important Ancestry DNA can be in this journey. While I only wanted to do mine so that I could build Mom’s Dad side, my sister and many cousins, childhood friends wanted to do AncestryDNA to see if there were any paternal match for family tree..(cousins/great uncles). I’m very very sad to say we lost our mother last year at the age of 51. She never ever told us who she even thinks could be a possibility of who are fathers are, let alone cousins, aunts, uncles, family medical history for unknown parent. I could go on and on with my story that should be a book one day, but my passion is to help youth at risk. I am a community bridge builder and even started a community project that involved retired community members volunteering their time to help kids read. I I work with two other non profits for students. One involves a music program on a high school level and the other is finding funding for low income children in high crime areas to attend science camp in their 6th grade year. As I shared my story of never knowing my dad, and finding him, and DNA test, I could not believe the people my age and younger who had no clue or information on their family tree. I am shocked by the children in foster homes that have aged out from being “a ward of the state” and have NO CLUE their birth mothers Date of Birth, where she was born, grandmothers maiden name. Some of these things are public record but they have no clue where to start. I feel there are many many many family’s that are working family’s and still with full time work they are severally below the poverty line. It got me to thinking and wondering if has any program to help low income. If not Do they know of a non profit that helps (as funding is allowed) that helps anyone that does not have the financial means to participate in such AncestryDNA? If not it makes the wheels turn on possibly looking into how one starts a NON profit that would help anyone due to income start this journey. Thinking how my mother and grandmother lived off $820.00 per month from disability income and her rent was increased to 700$ per month. That left $120.00 for cost of living, who in the world could even think about a AncestryDNA test…We as a group started think what if there is a program out there we do not know about, we can learn from them and start a chapter or similar program in our area. Do you know of any such funding/program/non profit that helps those who are at a economic disadvantage cover fee’s/AncestryDNA testing kits?

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