Nissan North America announced this week a continuation of its long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity with a $1 million donation. Nissan has contributed more than $15 million to Habitat nationally since the partnership began in 2005, when Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region.
“Nissan’s mission is to enrich people’s lives, so we value our partnership with Habitat for Humanity because it helps to build sustainable communities in the areas where our employees live and work,” said Rebecca Vest, vice president of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility, Nissan. “Our employees look forward to working alongside future homeowners as they build their homes. The work is enriching for those families and for our employees as they make memories that will last a lifetime.”
Included in Nissan’s donation are five new Nissan TITAN pickup trucks and two new Nissan NV high-roof cargo vans for use by Habitat organizations to support construction activities. The TITAN trucks and NV vans are assembled by Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Canton, Miss.
The majority of Nissan’s 2017 donation will go toward the building costs of Habitat homes in locations where Nissan has an operational presence, working with local Habitats such as Dallas and Nashville where members of the Texas Auto Writers Association had the privilege of joining Nissan employees in building homes this past year.
“The generous donation from Nissan and the volunteers who continue to work alongside those in need of decent housing makes such a difference in the lives of families and communities,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, senior vice president of Development, Habitat for Humanity International. “We are extremely grateful to have a partner like Nissan who shares our commitment to build sustainable communities.”
In addition to the $15 million dollars for building new homes, Nissan has also supported Habitat’s disaster response program through the years by providing more than $500,000 in funding and seven mobile response units. Nissan has donated an additional 93 trucks and helped to build 85 homes across the U.S. Nissan’s employees have logged more than 97,000 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. To learn more, visit habitat.org.