Every day, as millions of hardworking families throughout the U.S. and around the world struggle to survive without decent housing, Habitat for Humanity International offers hope. And from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, plastics companies are joining the effort.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical housing organization, which works in partnership with families in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to "partner families" in need at no profit and with no interest on the mortgage. The program builds lives as well as houses, restoring hope and helping to end the cycle of poverty. A hand up, not a hand out
Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. Partner families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor-sweat equity-into building their homes and homes for others. Their monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more homes. Additional funding comes from tax-deductible donations of money and materials. Volunteers provide much of the construction labor, working with partner families.
Habitat for Humanity is a community effort, and plastics companies, particularly members of the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), have been important contributors to the program's success. Here are some of the contributions they're making.
The VSI and its individual member companies are being recognized as positive contributors to their communities. And Habitat for Humanity has endorsed vinyl siding as the product of choice for easy-to-maintain, durable, economical homes.
Offer a hand
Habitat for Humanity is a grass-roots movement. Local affiliates direct and control their local building projects, and each is responsible for fund-raising, family selection. construction and more. There are active affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 40 nations worldwide.
To contribute your time, talents or gifts (or those of a team from your company or community organization) to Habitat for Humanity, contact your local affiliate or call Habitat for Humanity International headquarters at 1-800-HABITAT.
For more information about the VSI's Habitat for Humanity partnership, contact Jery Huntley, VSI executive director, at 202-974-5232.