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Habitat for Humanity International recognizes corporate supporters at national conference

ATLANTA (Jan. 21, 2009) - Habitat for Humanity International today recognized ten of its largest corporate donors during its 2009 national affiliate conference. Collectively, the corporate partners have contributed more than $325 million in cash and in-kind donations to Habitat, helping to make homeownership possible for thousands of low-income families in need.

The corporations recognized include Bank of America, Citi, Dow Chemical Company, Lowe’s, Schneider Electric, The Home Depot Foundation, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Valspar, Whirlpool and Yale an ASSA ABLOY Group Brand.

“Habitat’s work to provide families with safe, decent and affordable homes can only be accomplished with the help of a myriad of supporters,” said Mark Crozet, Habitat’s senior vice president of Development. “We are extremely grateful for the financial, product and human resources that each of these corporations has generously provided Habitat as we work to eradicate poverty housing.”

The following highlights the contributions of these valued corporate partners:

  • Since 2002, Bank of America has donated more than 150,000 volunteer associate hours to help build more than 160 houses across the United States and 100 houses in Mexico.
  • Citi employees have contributed more than 176,000 volunteer hours toward the building of 350 homes in the United States and an additional 180 build projects in 40 countries around the world.
  • Dow Chemical Company has been a strong supporter of Habitat for 25 years through corporate grants and gifts-in-kind. Dow has donated insulation for more than 25,000 homes worldwide.
  • Lowe’s has been helping Habitat affiliates in every state since 1996 through grant programs, project funding and demonstration clinics. Lowe’s is also the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program and has contributed to Habitat’s Asian tsunami and U.S. Gulf Coast recovery efforts.
  • Schneider Electric has donated gifts-in-kind electrical distribution equipment for every Habitat house in the United States. In addition, Schneider Electric has helped build houses as part of Habitat’s Gulf Coast recovery effort and other building initiatives.
  • The Home Depot Foundation is helping Habitat for Humanity build energy-efficient and sustainable houses through the “Partners in Sustainable Building” initiative. By providing financial, in-kind support, technical resources and training, The Home Depot Foundation is helping to establish green building standards that will benefit Habitat for many years.
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has engaged more than 135,000 of its members to help build 1,600 Habitat for Humanity houses worldwide.
  • Valspar has supported Habitat for Humanity since 2002 and contributes paint and cash to Habitat organizations. In addition, Valspar is the driving force behind A Brush with Kindness, a Habitat house repair program.
  • Since 1999, Whirlpool has donated 90,000 ranges and ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerators to Habitat for Humanity homes in North America and has provided assistance internationally.
  • Yale an ASSA ABLOY Group Brand has provided nearly 375,000 locksets to Habitat for Humanity houses across the United States since 2001.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .