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ATLANTA, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 17,000 women volunteers will come together starting Saturday in their local communities to help build or improve affordable homes alongside future homeowners as part of Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's 10th annual National Women Build Week....


MetLife today announced it has extended its partnership with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity to provide employees across its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) markets with the opportunity to volunteer in community projects. MetLife’s 4,500 employees in 26 EMEA countries have been invited to participate in activities with one of the organisations during the region’s Community Week which starts on May 15th. Employees will be able to volunteer at Special Olympics events across the region to play sport with young people with intellectual disabilities or support local Habitat for Humanity initiatives in homebuilding, home and community renovation projects in Bulgaria, Egypt, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Poland and Romania and the UK. The initiative has been funded by MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of MetLife. MetLife Foundation has a long tradition of supporting initiatives that engage MetLife volunteers in activities that improve quality of life and increase opportunities for the underserved. Michel Khalaf, MetLife EMEA President and MetLife Foundation Board member, said: “ We are delighted to be able to build our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics. More than 750 employees in 21 markets across EMEA volunteered last year and told us that they want to do more this year. Community Week offers us all a fantastic opportunity to give something back to the communities we work in.” Mary Davis, Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer, said: “ Special Olympics is delighted to once again partner with MetLife for its Community Week. This fantastic employee engagement initiative offers volunteering opportunities at Special Olympics sport and Young Athlete events including our annual European Football Week, which runs this year from May 27th to June 4th. Each event provides a great chance for everyone involved to do something positive to promote respect, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.” “ We are thrilled to be partnering with MetLife for a second year,” said Torre Nelson, vice president, EMEA, Habitat for Humanity International said: “ Through this event, we are able to support Habitat’s mission in Europe, Middle East and Africa.” More information can be found at www.metlife.com. MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("MetLife"), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com. MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2015, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $700 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org. Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners. Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People 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. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.


News Article | May 8, 2017
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RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 8, 2017) - Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver will break ground in Richmond this month, providing new homes for 12 local families. Because of the contributions from hard working volunteers and donors, these deserving families are one step closer to achieving their dreams of homeownership. "We are very thankful for the support from our community, which has helped make the Richmond build a reality," said Dennis Coutts, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, "This is an exciting time for our partner families, who have been given a chance to build a better life for themselves." Through the organization's homeownership model, hardworking families that would normally not qualify for a traditional mortgage are given a "hand-up." Contributing 500 hours of "sweat equity" as a commitment to Habitat Greater Vancouver, partner families are given an interest-free mortgage, with only 30% of their monthly income allotted to mortgage payments. In order to move forward with the Richmond build and provide 12 local families with a safe, decent place to live, HFHGV needs the support of volunteers and donors. There are many ways to contribute and get involved in the Richmond build - to find out more about volunteer opportunities and ways to donate, click here. One of 58 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada, Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver works with deserving families to build safe and affordable housing. To learn more, visit habitatgv.ca.


-- South Shore Habitat for Humanity (http://sshabitat.org), which has delivered quality housing in partnership with families in need for the past 30 years, is holding their 11annual Ride for Habitat on Saturday June 10beginning at the House of Prayer Lutheran Church at 916 Main Street in Hingham.The Ride for Habitat has a route for every rider. A 50-mile loop for the more advanced cyclist, a 25-mile route, and a 15-mile route for recreational cyclists are available. The routes are beautiful, taking cyclists along the scenic South Shore back roads with breathtaking views of the ocean. The event includes a post ride barbeque celebration for cyclists, guests and volunteers. The 50 mile route begins at 7:30 am, the 25 mile route begins at 9 am and the 15 mile route begins at 10 am.Registration is available online at www.sshabitat.org. Registration is $25 with a fundraising minimum requirement of $100."We encourage everyone to join us and ride their bikes in support of affordable housing," said Martine Taylor Executive Director of South Shore Habitat for Humanity. "Fundraising is easier than you might think, ask ten friends, family, neighbors or coworkers for $10 or ask your company to sponsor you or match an individual gift. The event is a great community event and a chance to enjoy a beautiful ride." Ed Martin, chairman of the ride, has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years. He loves that he can combine and share his love of cycling and passion for affordable housing stating, "My hope and dream is to have enough riders and donations to have a "bike" built Habitat home!"South Shore Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to delivering simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need, and they are celebrating 30 years of service to the South Shore Community.  South Shore Habitat for Humanity changes lives, not just with those who receive the homeownership opportunity, but for those who donate, contribute and volunteer.  "Together, we build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter," says Martine Taylor, Executive Director.  South Shore Habitat for Humanity seeks corporate partners, sponsors, and volunteers from the community.To learn more or find out how to get involved, visit www.sshabitat.org www.facebook.com/ SouthShoreHabitat and@sshabitatThey are located at 20 Mathewson Drive, Weymouth, MA. Phone is 781-337-7744.


News Article | May 25, 2017
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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced a new commitment to improve 100 homes with veterans in nearly 30 communities across the country from Seattle to South Palm Beach, Florida. Launched in May during Military Appreciation Month with the support of a $300,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, Wells Fargo volunteers will work alongside veterans on projects such as painting, landscaping and other improvements that support sustainable housing. “ Veterans have made extraordinary sacrifices for our country, and by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity we will work side-by-side with veterans to make important improvements to their homes that may otherwise be unattainable,” said Martin Sundquist, executive director of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. “ Our team members are active and engaged volunteers and support their local communities by applying their time and talents where they live and work, and this effort is one of several ways we work with Habitat to create affordable and sustainable housing.” Local Habitat organizations will identify home improvement opportunities in their communities and lead the work with veterans and Wells Fargo volunteers to beautify homes by landscaping, painting and other improvements. “ Access to safe and decent housing is a challenge for far too many households, including our country’s veterans,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, senior vice president of Development, Habitat for Humanity International. “ This most recent commitment by the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation will enable us to work with veterans to improve their homes and, we believe, make a positive impact to their lives and their neighborhoods.” Wells Fargo team members have volunteered more than 315,000 hours to build and improve more than 2,100 Habitat homes with low-income homeowners, seniors and veterans since 2010. Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated more than $44 million from 2010 to 2016 to Habitat locally and nationally, of which $14 million has supported national programs with Habitat for Humanity International and its mission of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. 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 up 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. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org. In 2016, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated $20 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low- and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – through community revitalization efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $190 million to such efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.7 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate nearly 7,100 homes and counting. www.wellsfargo.com/about/wfhf_oview. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.


News Article | June 21, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Tom Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc., who got his hands dirty assisting in the build stated his support of Habitat and the Camden community, "We partner with Habitat because we believe in investing in our communities and in helping drive opportunity for our neighbors. We are proud to support the city of Camden, the city of our future home in a variety of ways, including helping to provide a deserving family a new home." Habitat is working to complete this home by the end of September 2017, with the continued help of Subaru volunteers. For more information, please contact Larissa Willison at 856-963-8018 ext. 100 or cell 856-701-3318. About Subaru of America, Inc. Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company's vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do. For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. About Habitat for Humanity of Camden County Celebrating 31 years of changing lives in Camden County, New Jersey; to date we have built 58 homes. Habitat for Humanity of Camden County, headquartered in Pennsauken, NJ, builds affordable and sustainable housing solutions and empowers families though successful homeownership.  People in your community and all over the world 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.  With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.  For more information about Camden County Habitat for Humanity please visit our website www.habitatcamden.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/camden-habitat-for-humanity-and-subaru-build-a-brighter-future-in-camden-nj-300477932.html


News Article | June 20, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

ATLANTA, June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A majority of Americans and Canadians have made it clear: we are not paying enough attention to affordable housing needs and solutions, according to Habitat for Humanity's Affordable Housing Survey. With critical...


News Article | June 19, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"We thank Whirlpool for their long-term support of helping families obtain decent and affordable housing," said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, senior vice president of Development, Habitat for Humanity International. "Whirlpool's generosity has helped families transform their lives, and we look forward to continuing to work together." For the eighth consecutive year, Whirlpool Corporation will participate in a blitz build with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where students and company employees will work together to build a home alongside Habitat homeowners in 10 days. The home, which will include Whirlpool brand appliances, will be purchased by a local family in the Bloomington, Ind. area. Whirlpool Corporation will also continue its Habitat Ambassador Program, which was developed to create champions for the non-profit organizations the company supports. Whirlpool Ambassadors are actively engaged in the collaboration with Habitat and fulfill leadership positions on local Habitat boards, participate in construction activities and represent Whirlpool at Habitat-related events. "We're excited to continue this successful support of Habitat for Humanity," said Deb O'Connor, director of global corporate reputation and community relations for Whirlpool Corporation. "Whirlpool is committed to helping our global and local communities while continuing to help families become homeowners. Our long term relationship with Habitat is a source of pride for our employees, company and community." Since the collaboration began in 1999, nearly 92,000 Habitat homes in the U.S. have included a Whirlpool refrigerator® and range. Additionally, Whirlpool Corporation has helped build more than 175 houses around the world. Whirlpool Corporation employees participate in builds where the company's manufacturing operations, customer service and administrative offices are located, such as Tulsa, Oklahoma; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Clyde, Ohio; Greenville, Ohio; Marion, Ohio; Findlay, Ohio; and Benton Harbor, Michigan. Build events and locations vary each year. About Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity  In more than 18 years of support of Habitat for Humanity, Whirlpool has developed active programs in more than 45 countries with a commitment of more than $101 million. In the United States and Canada, the company has donated more than 184,000 ranges and refrigerators to new Habitat homes, serving nearly 92,000 families. Additionally, Whirlpool has donated more than 46,000 products to Habitat ReStore retail outlets, helping to raise funds for local Habitat efforts. The company has engaged thousands of employee volunteers, sponsored more than 175 homes around the world and donated products to nearly 76,000 Habitat families in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Whirlpool supports Habitat's work around the world through product donations, financial contribution and/or volunteerism. For more information, visit http://whirlpoolcorp.com/social-responsibility/. About 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 up 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. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org. About Whirlpool Corporation Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 93,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2016. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com, or find us on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/whirlpool-corporation-and-habitat-for-humanity-renew-relationship-for-18th-year-300475841.html


News Article | June 22, 2017
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Partnership helps two local families receive new homes through Habitat for Humanity of Dane County -- On a hot and steamy nearly 90 degree day, 120 employees fromandtraded in their desk jobs for hard hats and hammers to build twohomes that will eventually be located in Fitchburg and Sun Prairie.On June 15, the volunteers worked with the future homeowners to build the interior and exterior walls. It was exciting for Luz and her son, Omar, to build the panels for their future home that they will share with Luz's mother on Sweet Grass Drive in Sun Prairie. Before the family can move into their home, they will learn about house maintenance, finance and put in 375 sweat equity hours, including volunteering at the Habitat ReStore, participating in builds and home ownership educational classes. Their anticipated move in date is April 2018.Alliant Energy hosted the frame up and worked the first shift of the day. NGL arrived for the second shift with the mission to finish building the panels and assemble the walls. Within no time, the walls were constructed for both homes."This is our second year participating in a Habitat frame up and it's become a volunteer opportunity that so many employees look forward to," said, NGL corporate giving administrator. "NGL and our employees are very involved in the community both through volunteerism and financial support. Partnering with Alliant to build a Habitat home lets our employees give back and feel connected to the community. It's a remarkable experience watching and being a part of someone's new home as it takes shape."A focus of Alliant Energy Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people in its communities. "We are so glad to have an opportunity to host the Habitat for Humanity frame ups the last few years," said, executive director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. "Working alongside the family that will live in the house means a lot to our employees and makes for a great day."At the end of the build, everyone walked through the home to see where the living room, kitchen, bedrooms are located. Volunteers signed their well wishes on the panels and then loaded the completed panels onto a truck destined for their future home sites."A huge thank you to National Guardian Life Insurance Company and Alliant Energy for representing the heart, soul and muscle behind Habitat's work," said, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County CEO. "We're deeply grateful for every volunteer who shares our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live."In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, Habitat homeowners are required to put in 325-375 hours in sweat equity toward the building of their home. Habitat homes are more affordable because they are financed with affordable, no interest loans.For 30 years, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County has partnered with more than 260 families to build decent, affordable homes in Dane County. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity builds with people in need regardless of race or religion and welcomes all volunteers and supporters. Learn more by calling 608.255.1549 or visit www.habitatdane.org.Alliant Energy serves approximately 950,000 electric customers and 410,000 natural gas customers. The mission is to deliver the energy solutions and exceptional service that customers and communities count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly. Learn more at www.alliantenergy.com.Since 1910, National Guardian Life Insurance Company, a mutual insurance company, has been located in Madison, Wis. Licensed to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia, NGL markets preneed and individual life and annuities, as well as group markets products including specialty and student insurance. Additional information about NGL can be found at www.nglic.com;Facebook: Facebook.com/ NGLIC and LinkedIn.National Guardian Life Insurance Company is not affiliated with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America a/k/a The Guardian or Guardian Life.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ITEST | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2015

This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by drawing explicit connections between the artistic practices in the studio and the practices of STEM professionals. It will also contribute to the fields understanding of how to develop interdisciplinary educational experiences that capitalize on naturally occurring opportunities for transfer of knowledge and skill across disciplines. Artists for Humanity and Education Development Center, Inc. are collaborating to develop and study a model for using authentic art-making to promote high school students interest in STEM learning and STEM careers. The project builds on a highly successful Artists for Humanity out-of-school-time art and design program for Boston youth, which uses an apprenticeship model to educate under-resourced youth through mentor-guided creation and sale of artworks.

Youth at Artists for Humanity represent a racially and ethnically diverse, low-income demographic. Few teens entering AFH experience success in STEM learning, or express interest in STEM careers. Yet many engage in sophisticated art-making that calls on a variety of STEM-related practices, dispositions, and knowledge without recognizing the connection to their in-school STEM studies. STEAM Power will highlight the STEM thinking students do in the art studio, drawing explicit connections between the artistic practices in the studio and the practices of STEM professionals to help youth: develop a view of STEM that expands their school experiences, recognize their own STEM strengths, and increase their interest and confidence in pursuing further STEM study and careers. The goal of the project is to increase teen artists interest in STEM and STEM careers by highlighting the STEM thinking they do in the studio and deepening their STEM learning within this relevant and motivating context. By looking to impact the STEM interests and potential career choices of youth whose artistic training places a premium on thinking creatively, working collaboratively, and communicating effectively, a segment of the youth population is impacted that, while currently underrepresented in the workforce, has much energy and vision to offer STEM fields.

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