Nissan donates $1 million to build Habitat houses in North America and Brazil
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 14, 2007) — Habitat for Humanity and Nissan North America Inc. (NNA) announced today a one-year, $1 million partnership that includes house sponsorships, the donation of 10 Nissan Titan trucks and the support of current Habitat projects.
Through this partnership, Nissan will sponsor and build a total of 10 houses with U.S. Habitat affiliates in Michigan, Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas and with international Habitat affiliates in Brazil, Mexico and Canada.
To kick off the partnership, Nissan employees and executives will join Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity (NAHFH) staff and volunteers June 14 to June 15 at Providence Park to build a home with a Nashville family in need. Providence Park is the largest all-Habitat neighborhood in the United States built by volunteers. Nissan employees will work on a weekly basis to help complete the house for dedication ceremonies on June 29.
“Nissan moved its North American headquarters to Nashville 18 months ago, and we are so excited to partner with some of our newest corporate neighbors,” said NAHFH president and CEO Chris McCarthy. “Not only will they build a much-needed affordable home for Schanty Russell and her three children, but also will help our agency tremendously with the donation of a Titan truck.”
Following the devastation of the 2005 hurricane season, Nissan donated 50 Titan trucks to support rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region. Nissan will provide 10 additional trucks to Habitat affiliates through this partnership.
In addition to the home-building projects and truck donations, Nissan is a sponsor for the 24th annual Jimmy Carter Work Project in Los Angeles. Habitat’s JCWP is a weeklong blitz build led by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, to highlight the need for affordable housing worldwide.
“We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity in its efforts to make affordable housing possible for families around the world,” said Dominique Thorman, NNA senior vice president, finance and administration. “This partnership reinforces our global vision to improve the quality of life in the communities in which Nissan operates and provides an opportunity for our employees to make a difference in the very neighborhoods where they work.”
“Nissan has generously assisted Habitat for Humanity in our Gulf Coast hurricane recovery efforts, and we’re thrilled that our shared commitment to decent housing has turned into a partnership that will have a lasting impact in communities across the country and around the world,” said Habitat chief executive officer Jonathan Reckford. “We deeply value the support that the entire Nissan family has provided our efforts, including contributions of resources, products and time.”
About Nissan North America Inc.
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution, and manufacturing. Nissan directly employs more than 24,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico and generates an additional 70,000 jobs at about 1,200 Nissan and Infiniti dealerships in the United States.
About Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity
NAHFH is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization committed to providing families with the life-changing opportunity to purchase decent, affordable homes. The agency consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of all Habitat affiliates and has quadrupled in size since 2002. NAHFH will build a record 55 homes in 2007 — 40 locally and 15 abroad. As of December 2006, NAHFH has served 1,012 family members, including 672 children. Prior to becoming homeowners, Habitat partner families must complete up to 475 hours of “sweat equity” at the build site and in the classroom to earn their homes. Mortgage payments at zero percent interest range between $350 and $450 per month, including taxes and insurance. NAHFH builds ENERGY STAR certified energy efficient homes. To request an application or to receive more information about NAHFH, call (615) 254-HOME or visit www.habitatnashville.org .
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 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .