Nissan donates $1 million to enrich people’s lives with Habitat for Humanity
Grant will fund new home builds and revitalization projects using sustainable construction practices, vehicle donations to Habitat affiliates and support for disaster recovery efforts
Moving into a new home is a life-changing experience, according to Nashville homeowner Keisha Crump, who moved into her Nissan-sponsored Habitat for Humanity home in April 2014. “Maybe once in a lifetime miracles happen, or maybe never,” said Crump. “I can truly say that a miracle has happened for me and my family. For that I say, ‘thank you,’ from the bottom of my heart.”
Dozens of homeowners across the United States and Canada will share an experience similar to Crump’s in the coming year, thanks to a $1 million donation from Nissan to Habitat for Humanity International. Today Nissan announced the continuation of a longstanding partnership with Habitat to build affordable, sustainable homes in partnership with families in need of decent housing.
Including its current donation, Nissan’s total support for Habitat for Humanity amounts to $11.6 million over the past nine years. Nissan’s partnership with Habitat began in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Nissan donated 50 Nissan Titan trucks to assist Habitat’s response efforts in the Gulf Coast and mobilized employees to assist in home building. Since 2006, Nissan employees have helped to build 60 homes across the United States. Nissan’s employees have logged more than 70,000 volunteer hours building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
“With Habitat, Nissan has a broader platform through which we can support the communities where our customers, dealers and employees live, carrying out our corporate vision to enrich people’s lives,” said Nissan Senior Vice President Scott Becker. “And as Habitat volunteers, our employees can engage directly in addressing local needs for affordable housing by making personal commitments of their time and effort on Habitat home builds.”
In addition to working coast to coast with Habitat affiliates in Canada, Nissan employees will volunteer to support construction or revitalization projects in the following U.S. cities:
- Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona in Phoenix.
- Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California.
- Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta.
- Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County in Detroit.
- Habitat for Humanity of Metropolitan Jackson in Canton, Mississippi.
- Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County in New Jersey.
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County in Franklin, Tennessee.
- Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
- Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity in Dallas.
- Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2014: Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity in Dallas and Trinity Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth, Texas.
The company will donate four Nissan NV commercial vehicles or Nissan Frontier trucks to Habitat affiliates that make commitments to sustainable construction practices. A portion of Nissan’s donation will also be used to support Habitat for Humanity disaster recovery efforts and its Global Impact Fund.
Next month, five Nissan employees from the U.S. and Canada will join more than 4,000 Carter Work Project volunteers to help build or repair more than 100 homes in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, during the seven-day project. The 31st Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will be conducted Oct. 5-11.
“We are grateful to Nissan for the continuous support through the years,” said Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International CEO. “Together, we have made a difference in the lives of so many families in need of affordable housing. We look forward to continuing our work together to help families build a better future.”
Nissan, recognized as a U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, is committed to sustainability. Nissan-sponsored Habitat homes are equipped with many “green-living” features, including low-flowing plumbing fixtures, programmable thermostats, energy-efficient fluorescent lighting, high-performance windows and ENERGY STAR® appliances.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (US$105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50 percent share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
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 housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. 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 learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.
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