Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is one of 39 global affiliates funded by international partnership
St. Paul, MN (May 31, 2014) – Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Dow and local area Dow employees in 2014 to build or rehabilitate a home in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area as part of the company’s 2014 commitment to Habitat for Humanity International. This year, the partnership includes 41 Habitat builds in 15 countries, and more than 1,500 employees who are expected to log 10,000 volunteer hours with Habitat.
“We’re thrilled to have The Dow Chemical Company continue their partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in 2014. Donated Dow products are used in nearly every home we build. To have Dow employees involved as volunteers further demonstrates the company’s tremendous commitment to Habitat and the families we serve,” said Chad Bouley, vice president of homebuilding at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.
Through its international 2014 commitment, Dow also expanded 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.
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.
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. For 2014, Dow has committed more than $1.44 million in funding and anticipates gift-in-kind contributions of STYROFOAM, FROTH-PAK and GREAT STUFF PRO brand insulation products of $5 million. From the partnership’s inception Dow has contributed nearly $62.6 million in cumulative giving to Habitat for Humanity worldwide.
About Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make safe, decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. Twin Cities Habitat is committed to building the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership – because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities. www.tchabitat.org.
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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