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Transamerica doubles commitment to Habitat for Humanity

Sponsors fourth annual blitz build as part of expanded relationship


More than 500 Transamerica employees will renovate or build homes in 12 cities across the United States this May during the company’s fourth annual Habitat for Humanity blitz build, part of an expanded volunteer effort with the organization.

“Transamerica is pleased to be more than doubling our financial commitment and greatly increasing our personal hours committed to this amazing organization,” said Kent Callahan, president and chief executive officer of Transamerica’s Investments and Retirement division, which organizes the event. “Our mission to help people save and invest wisely to live the life they want aligns perfectly with that of Habitat’s mission and purpose.”

This year, Transamerica elevated its sponsorship level, reflecting its ongoing commitment to Habitat for Humanity. The number of volunteers will grow by more than 50 percent and the May program will expand to include a build in Denver, Colorado, and an entire house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition, Transamerica plans to invite customers and business partners to the builds for the first time.

Participating Transamerica employees will gather at their respective Habitat build sites for a full day of volunteering, helping either to transform existing properties or to build new, affordable homes. Their efforts will help revitalize neighborhoods in the following cities:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Greensboro, N.C.
  • Harrison, N.Y.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Twin Cities, Minn.

In the first three years of Transamerica’s Habitat program, employees spent more than 8,000 hours working on more than 50 homes in partnership with homeowners.

“Habitat is grateful for the continued support of Transamerica,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director of Corporate, Foundation and Institutional Relations, Habitat for Humanity International. “This funding will provide opportunities for many Habitat affiliates across the country to build or repair homes in partnership with families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing.”

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 path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means 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

About Transamerica
With a history that dates back over 100 years, the Transamerica companies are recognized as leading providers of life insurance, savings and retirement and investment solutions, serving millions of customers throughout the United States. Transamerica works to Transform Tomorrow® for those who entrust its dedicated professionals with their financial needs, helping them take the necessary steps to achieve their long-term goals and aspirations.Transamerica’s corporate headquarters is located in Baltimore, Maryland, with other major operations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Transamerica is part of the Aegon group of companies. Aegon is one of the world’s largest providers of life insurance, pension solutions and asset management products, operating in over 25 markets worldwide with some 28,000 employees. For the full year of 2014, Aegon managed $675 billion in revenue generating investments. Learn more at


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