MIDLAND, Mich. (Nov. 21, 2012) – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is continuing its support of Habitat for Humanity and its mission to provide safe, affordable homes through sponsorship of Habitat’s 29th Annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, an internationally-recognized weeklong event of building. This year’s build is taking place Nov. 23 – Dec. 1 in Léogâne, Haiti.
President and Mrs. Carter will join nearly 600 volunteers to help build 100 homes in the Santo community in partnership with families affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010. This year’s Carter Work Project is the culmination of a two-year effort to help families left homeless from the disaster. Volunteers helped build 150 houses in the Santo community in 2011.
For nearly 30 years, Dow has partnered with Habitat to create safe, affordable housing for families around the globe, and is the longest standing corporate sponsor of the Carter Work Project. To date, Dow has supported the construction of more than 25,000 homes in more than 20 countries worldwide through product donations, financial contributions, and employee volunteers.
“It’s evident that there is still a need for long-term recovery support in Haiti, due to the devastating 2010 earthquake,” said Bo Miller, global director for Corporate Citizenship at Dow. “Dow employee volunteers are proud to join hands with Habitat to continue rebuilding efforts in Léogâne through the Carter Work Project.”
The Carter Work Project is the culmination of a two-month observance to bring attention to the need for safe and decent housing and the pivotal role of housing in community development, which began with special events on World Habitat Day, Monday, Oct. 1.
World Habitat Day is designated each year by the United Nations to call attention to the need for adequate housing for everyone by raising awareness and mobilizing people to take action in response to the need of better shelter around the world. This year’s World Habitat Day theme was “many homes, one community.”
The Carters are Habitat for Humanity’s most famous volunteers and give a week of their time each year to help Habitat build, renovate or repair homes, and raise awareness about the need for affordable and decent housing. They joined Habitat for Humanity in 1984 to help renovate a decaying building in New York City’s Lower East Side. Today, the building is part of a thriving, reinvigorated and dynamic community. Since that build, the Carters and thousands of volunteers have worked with Habitat for Humanity across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos and Vietnam.
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About Habitat for Humanity Haiti
Habitat for Humanity has been at work in Haiti for 28 years and has provided housing solutions through a variety of initiatives including new home construction, progressive building, home repairs and improvements, and land reform advocacy. Habitat also builds capacity in construction skills, disaster risk reduction and financial literacy, and works in coordination with community and government agencies. To learn more, please visit habitat.org/Haiti , or follow us at www.facebook.com/Habitat for Humanity Haiti - Official Site  or at www.twitter.com/habitatinhaiti .
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 .