Wayfair launches global partnership with Habitat for Humanity
Largest online retailer of home furnishings to help build homes with families in need of decent housing
BOSTON ( July 12, 2012) – Wayfair, the largest online retailer of home furnishings, today announced a global partnership with Habitat for Humanity International to help build and rehabilitate affordable homes. Through the donation of building materials and household goods, as well as financial support and volunteer mobilization, Wayfair will help advance Habitat’s work toward eliminating poverty housing and homelessness.
Ninety Boston-area Wayfair employees donated their time to work on homes with Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston throughout June. (Photo courtesy of Wayfair)
“At Wayfair, we spend every day helping people create the surroundings that make a house a home. We understand the power and meaning of home and believe everyone deserves the opportunity to feel safe and secure in a place they can call home,” said Niraj Shah, CEO and co-founder of Wayfair. “Wayfair is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity to make home a reality for more of the many people in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter.”
Wayfair.com will celebrate the partnership launch today by inviting customers to participate in You Get, We Give – a special promotion running this month. For every purchase of a lighting fixture or lamp greater than $75, Wayfair will make a $5 donation to Habitat for Humanity.
Consumers can choose from a selection of more than 9,000 chandeliers, 15,000 pendants, 12,000 outdoor lights and 16,000 lamps. In addition to similar promotions and ongoing donations of building materials, furniture and appliances, Wayfair.com will feature a donation option at checkout to help raise consumer awareness and funds for the cause.
“We are delighted to welcome Wayfair to the Habitat family, and we’re grateful for their partnership,” said Kymberly Wolff, senior vice president of development at Habitat for Humanity International. “Wayfair employees have already spent three days building a Habitat home in Boston and we look forward to strengthening our global reach and impact through Wayfair’s ongoing support.”
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 500,000 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.
Wayfair LLC is the parent company for Wayfair.com, which offers a zillion things home – the largest catalog of home items anywhere, crossing all styles and budgets, and offering 5,000+ brands of furniture, lighting, cookware and more. With this massive selection of more than 5 million products, chances are good people can find just the right items for their homes. Other sites under the Wayfair umbrella include AllModern.com and JossAndMain.com.
Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Wayfair employs more than 1000 people and was recently named one of the top 25 best technology companies to work for in 2012 by Business Insider. Wayfair operates distribution centers in Ogden, Utah and Hebron, Kentucky, and international offices in Galway, Ireland, London, Munich and Sydney.