Habitat for Humanity hosts events at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions focusing on veterans and energy efficiency

ATLANTA (Aug. 23, 2012) —Habitat for Humanity will host events at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions that focus on its efforts to support veterans and build energy-efficient homes.

Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County will host a veteran build in partnership with a U.S. military veteran family and veteran volunteers on Aug. 25. The build will precede the Republican National Convention, which will kick off in Tampa, Fla. on Aug. 27.

“The board and staff of Habitat Hillsborough are excited to have the opportunity to honor our veterans through the Republican National Convention Veterans Build Day and our continuing Habitat for Heroes program,” said Kelly Oliver, board chairperson for Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough County. “The build will give us a chance to highlight the power of partnerships between Habitat Hillsborough and our priceless homeowners, volunteers and sponsors.”

The build will highlight Habitat’s national Veterans Initiative aimed at providing veteran and military families housing solutions, as well as volunteer and employment opportunities.

Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte will engage volunteers from Sept. 3-6 to build an energy-efficient three-bedroom house during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“We’re privileged to work with our friends and partners to build a model of sustainability and energy efficiency in partnership with a homeowner family,” said Frank Spencer, CEO for Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. “This energy efficient home is good for the environment and will be less costly for our partner family to live in.”

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registered home will spotlight Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which helps to transform neighborhoods through an array of housing services, including energy-efficient house construction, rehabilitation of vacant and foreclosed properties, housing repairs and weatherization.

The goal of each build is to introduce key Habitat initiatives around veterans and energy efficiency to the diverse audience attending both conventions. Through these builds, attendees will experience up close Habitat’s commitment to providing affordable, sustainable housing solutions in partnership with those in need.

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.