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HFH Partners With Hewlett-Packard And Leading Home Product Suppliers

Habitat For Humanity Partners With Hewlett-Packard And Leading Home Product Suppliers To Provide Online Access For HFHI Affiliates

Americus, Ga. - February, 8 2001 - Habitat for Humanity International, the world’s largest nonprofit housing organization, today announced it will partner with leading building products suppliers and technology companies to develop a web-based system to speed needed products to HFHI building projects worldwide.

The Dow Chemical Company, Hunter Douglas and Whirlpool will be the first manufacturers integrated into the HFHI system that will be operated by ResourceLink.org, an online exchange for donated and surplus products developed by Hewlett-Packard Company.

“This is truly exciting to gain the cost efficiencies of an online system and make it easier for our valued partners to work with our affiliates around the country and eventually around the world,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “Simplifying how we receive and distribute donated or deeply discounted product donations will help us tremendously in our efforts to build another 100,000 homes with our partner families over the next five years. We greatly value the corporate partners that we have in the home building industry.”

ResourceLink is an Internet-based exchange that instantly links companies with products for donation to select charities. In addition to receiving substantial tax benefits by donating products, donors can lower warehousing costs by moving surplus goods out faster for charitable uses through ResourceLink’s automated inventory management tools. In other cases, donating products helps avoid landfill costs associated with dumping surplus goods. ResourceLink also links to partner transportation companies that can provide low-cost shipping for donated products.

ResourceLink was established in October 1999 and concentrated first on food donations to America’s Second Harvest, the largest domestic food-relief organization. Since then, ResourceLink has helped facilitate more than 20 million pounds of food donations from among the world’s best-known food manufacturers.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.