Energy savings products, volunteer hours and funding donated as part of international Dow partnership
More than 20 Dow volunteers began work on the Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity home of the Fitzgerald-Troche family in Anahola July 8-10 , as part of the company’s 2014 commitment to Habitat.
“Dow’s employee volunteers really came through for us by completing this major component of the Fitzgerald-Troche project,” said Stephen Spears, executive director. “We are so grateful for the volunteer support Dow has provided in addition to the major funding that helped make this project possible.”
The Anahola project is a special project for Kaua‘i Habitat that is now coming full circle. A Kaua‘i family donated the house to Habitat, which worked out perfectly for the family in need, Elvis and Debbie Fitzgerald-Troche. Earlier this year, the house was moved from its original location to the new location in Anahola. Major funding from Dow has allowed the affiliate to complete the move, re-situate the structure, and complete the finish work needed. This month, Dow staff will be painting the exterior of the home.
Dow’s 2014 partnership with Habitat for Humanity International includes 41 Habitat builds in 15 countries, and more than 1,500 employees who are expected to log 10,000 volunteer hours with Habitat.
This year Dow will also expand its product donations of STYROFOAMTM brand insulation and GREAT STUFF PROTM window and door sealants, and FROTH-PAKTM foam insulation to its portfolio for Habitat construction in the United States and Canada. FROTH-PAK is a two-component, quick-cure polyurethane foam to fill cavities, cracks and expansion joints, and joins the Dow product donations to Habitat for the first time this year.
“We’ve been a community member here on Kaua‘i for 5 years and we’re proud to build this Habitat home in partnership with a neighbor,” said Bo Miller, global director for Corporate Citizenship at Dow and president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “It’s a pleasure for us to not only contribute employee volunteer hours and project funding to help make this project possible, but also the products that will reduce energy consumption, helping make this home affordable for a family in our community.”
Dow was Habitat for Humanity’s first national corporate partner, and since 1983, has been instrumental in the construction of almost 41,700 Habitat homes in the United States and 26 countries. Dow engages a holistic approach with Habitat, contributing not only funds and energy-saving insulation products, but significant volunteer support. Dow volunteers work on Habitat construction sites, serve as board members for Habitat affiliates worldwide, and share their expertise in energy efficiency and conservation to assist Habitat in creating affordable, sustainable housing. This approach aligns with a number of Dow’s 2015 Sustainability Goals, including those related to energy efficiency, community success and local protection of human health and the environment.
For information on volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, please call the Kaua‘i Habitat Volunteer Program at 808-335-0296 ext 152.
About Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity
Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Through volunteer and homeowner labor, and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses. Kaua‘i Habitat features two main home building programs: New Home Construction Program and Repair and Renovation Program. Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity also operates ReStore®, which sells new and used discounted building and construction materials and household items. Proceeds from ReStore® support Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build decent, affordable housing. Since 1992, Kaua‘i Habitat has built 113 affordable homes and made critical repairs to 22 existing homes for Kaua‘i families whose household income is between 30-80% of the median Kaua`i income. Because the critical need for affordable housing continues to persist on our island, Kaua`i Habitat has pledged to scale up our capacity and build our next 100 homes before the next decade.
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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