Dow joins Habitat for Humanity to help make decent, affordable housing possible as part of the 30th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project
ATLANTA (Oct. 2, 2013) – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) will celebrate 30 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity serving as lead corporate partner of Habitat’s 30th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Oct. 6-12, in Oakland and San Jose, Calif.; Denver; New York City; and Union Beach, New Jersey.
During the milestone event, President and Mrs. Carter will join an estimated 3,000 volunteers to build and repair more than 80 homes across the five locations. For 30 years, the Carters have partnered with Habitat for Humanity and given a week of their time annually to help build homes and raise awareness of the importance of decent housing in breaking the cycle of poverty.
“Dow is proud to continue to build side-by-side with former President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, doing the critical work of providing affordable housing in partnership with families all over the world,” said Dow’s Bo Miller, global director, Corporate Citizenship and president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “The Carter Work Project builds have enabled Dow to share a passion for sustainable, energy efficient housing.”
Dow was Habitat’s first national corporate partner in 1983. For 30 years, Dow has supported the construction of more than 39,000 homes – helping families create decent, affordable housing in more than 24 countries worldwide including Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, as well as North America.
Dow engages a holistic approach with Habitat, contributing not only funds that make building possible and products that deliver reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions, but significant volunteer support that is needed to bring projects and the homeowners’ dreams to life.
“Our partnership with Dow is a great example of how bringing people together—combining our resources and expertise—enables us to increase our impact and help more people access safe, affordable shelter,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are so grateful for Dow’s ongoing support of the Carter Work Project and many other efforts around the world to build homes, communities and hope.”
Habitat’s first Carter Work Project took place in New York City in 1984 where the Carters and volunteers helped renovate a six-story apartment building. Previous Carter Work Projects have been held across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam and the past two years in Haiti.
For more information on the Carters’ 30-year history with Habitat for Humanity, please visit http://www.habitat.org/how/carter.aspx.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.
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