Habitat for Humanity partners with local Newell Rubbermaid employees to revitalize neighborhoods
More than 2,000 employees volunteering at 80 build sites in 30 countries for new $1 million partnership and first-ever Global Day of Service
[San José.] (June 19, 2013) – Today, local Newell Rubbermaid employees will be among more than 2,000 Newell Rubbermaid employees around the world building or repairing homes in partnership with low-income families to celebrate the start of a two-year, $1 million partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. Newell’s first-ever Global Day of Service encompasses 80 build sites in 30 countries, as employees come together to share their time and talents to improve the communities where they live and work.
“Through our products and our people, Newell Rubbermaid has long been committed to enriching the lives of the consumers and the communities we serve,” said Michael Polk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newell Rubbermaid. “This is a day our employees can all be proud of as we take a step back from our daily routine to share our passion for our brands and bring them to life through this new partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Collectively, when we each give a little we can help our communities gain a lot.”
Newell Rubbermaid’s two-year, $1 million commitment to Habitat includes cash and gifts-in-kind from its portfolio of brands, including Irwin®, Rubbermaid® and Rubbermaid Commercial Products®. The company also will launch a cause marketing campaign benefiting Habitat beginning later this year.
Habitat for Humanity serves as a platform to celebrate the Global Day of Service around the world including 40 volunteer sites in the United States as well as countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. In Latin America, operations are in Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Volunteers are involved in a variety of activities including “Healthy Housing” workshops, home repair for women heads of household and housing for children with health problems.
Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean is working to strengthen the generation of local resources and corporate teams are valuable opportunities to enhance relationships with donors. The wise administration and placement of resources for housing improvement programs are key actions that allow the organization to increase for future projects.
Throughout the Global Day of Service, Newell Rubbermaid employees will share experiences as they volunteer with Habitat to improve their communities. To see real-time updates of employee volunteers in action globally via photos, videos and posts – from Melbourne to Shanghai, to Geneva, Sao Paulo and Atlanta – visit www.newellrubbermaid.com, like Newell Rubbermaid on Facebook and follow the company on Twitter, #NewellVolunteers.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.
About Newell Rubbermaid
Newell Rubbermaid Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products with 2012 sales of approximately $5.6 billion and a strong portfolio of leading brands, including Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Parker®, Waterman®, Rubbermaid®, Levolor®, Calphalon®, Goody®, Graco®, Aprica® and Dymo®. As part of the company’s Growth Game Plan, Newell Rubbermaid is making sharper portfolio choices and investing in new marketing and innovation to accelerate performance.