Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Nissan North America Partners with Habitat for Humanity

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — For Franklin residents Georgi Hodge and her daughter, Martha Gilbreath, moving into their new Habitat for Humanity home will be a dream come true.The same is true for Thelma Harrison and her grandson, Chris, who are moving from a small mobile home to a three-bedroom home.

Their homes are part of a $1 million partnership between Habitat and Nissan North America. The side-by-side homes were built at the same time during a six-week period beginning in September.

"Having a Habitat home is a true blessing for us. We would not have been able to buy a home in Franklin without the generosity of Nissan and the partnership with Habitat for Humanity," Gilbreath said.

The new Habitat homes will feature eco-friendly amenities, which align with both Nissan's Green Program 2010 initiative to reduce its impact on the environment and Williamson County Habitat for Humanity's recent initiative to build Energy Star certified homes. These two homes are the first Habitat homes in Williamson County to receive Energy Star certification.

In addition to sponsoring and building these two homes, Nissan also donated a new, 2008 Titan King Cab truck to Williamson County Habitat for Humanity. The truck, valued at over $35,000, will be used to further Habitat's mission of providing affordable homeownership to hardworking families in Williamson County, just south of Nashville.

The Hodge/Gilbreath and Harrison homes are the first Nissan-sponsored Habitat homes built in Franklin. Nissan's $1 million partnership with Habitat for Humanity International includes house sponsorships, the donation of Nissan trucks and products and support of Habitat's disaster-relief initiatives.

More than 350 Nissan employees and executives in Franklin donated time to building the homes, which are two of eight Nissan-sponsored houses built in conjunction with Habitat affiliates in Michigan, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona. Additionally, Nissan employees will volunteer their time to help construct five houses with Habitat for Humanity in California, Georgia, Illinois and Arizona.

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) was chartered in 1992 and is a full affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, HFHWC is an ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to building and selling homes at cost in partnership with working families in Williamson County.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built nearly 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling.

Nissan North America plans to help build 13 homes in North America this year alone, and its employees have donated hundreds of volunteer hours to make the dream of home ownership a reality for neighbors in need.

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