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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 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.


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....


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.


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.


MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - June 27, 2017) - EXIT Realty Corp. International will be part of Habitat for Humanity Canada's biggest build project ever. Habitat for Humanity's 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place in every province and territory across Canada with a goal to collectively build 150 homes to mark Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn will be visiting Canada from July 9-14, 2017, focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba. EXIT Realty Agents, Brokers and headquarters personnel will be swinging hammers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Alberta. Habitat Canada has a long history of creating affordable housing opportunities in the country. People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat's innovative approach helps working families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions that lead to improved health and stronger childhood development, as well as a decrease in reliance on food banks. "We applaud the Habitat organization for their vision and initiative in building 150 homes across the country to coincide with the milestone 150th birthday of this great country," said Joyce Paron, President of the Canadian Division of EXIT Realty Corp. International. "We are all so thankful and fortunate to call Canada home and to have the opportunity to contribute and participate in this unprecedented project. Our associates support Habitat for Humanity's important work because we believe that everyone in Canada has the right to a safe, affordable and decent place in which to live." A portion of every transaction fee received by EXIT Realty Corp. International is pledged to its non-profit organization of choice, and to-date $3 million dollars has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity. EXIT Realty's affiliation with the non-profit began in 2004 when the company sponsored its first Habitat for Humanity home build in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since then they have sponsored 18 additional home builds in Canada and the US, have participated in a community revitalization project and the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in the U.S. In 2016, the EXIT & Habitat: Dollar-for-Dollar Matching Program was launched. Through this initiative, the company's involvement with Habitat for Humanity can potentially reach every community where an EXIT office exists. EXIT Associates anywhere in North America can work in conjunction with their local Habitat for Humanity office to raise funds for a specific project and submit a proposal to EXIT Realty Corp. International for those funds to be matched dollar-for-dollar from EXIT Realty's pledged pool of funds to Habitat for Humanity International. Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes. To donate or learn more about the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, please visit habitat.ca/150ReasonsToBuild. About EXIT Realty: Founded in Canada in 1996 with offices across the continent, EXIT is a proven real estate business model that has to-date, paid out more than a third of a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates across the U.S. and Canada. State-of-the-art technology including geolocation Smart Signs™ gives home sellers the edge in a competitive marketplace. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT Realty Corp. International is pledged to our non-profit of choice and to-date, $3 million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity. For more information, please visit www.exitrealty.com. About Habitat for Humanity Canada: Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit www.habitat.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.


The awarded home was a result of a partnership of Aaron's, U-Haul, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, and retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, his wife Brenda, and their First Things First Foundation (FTFF). This was the 44th family to be surprised by FTFF's "Homes for the Holidays" program. "Aaron's takes great joy in joining with Kurt Warner's First Things First Foundation and Habitat for Humanity once again to provide a safe and stable home to a family in need," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "We are committed to giving back to communities across the country and we know Kamerial and her children will enjoy their new home for many years." The home was presented to Kamerial and her two daughters, 10-year-old Heaven and one-year-old Spirit. Before receiving their new home, the family lived in apartments with little space for the children to play. They look forward to making new memories in their new two-story home and spacious backyard. Kamerial works as a registered medical assistant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and also styles hair on the weekends to make ends meet. Unbeknownst to Kamerial's family, their new home was fully furnished, including furniture, a washer and dryer, and technology, with an approximate total retail value of $10,000 thanks to Aaron's. The "Homes for the Holidays" program was initiated in 1997 by former NFL running back Warrick Dunn.  In St. Louis, the First Things First Foundation teams with community organizations dedicated to affordable homeownership such as Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis to find eligible candidates who are working hard to better their lives and those of their children by taking the necessary steps to buy a new home. Nomination forms are completed by affordable housing representatives and reviewed and selected by the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation.  The First Things First Foundation has surprised a total of 44 families with a cumulative 104 children with "Homes for the Holidays" in St. Louis (20), Iowa (4), New Jersey (1) and Arizona (19). About Aaron's, Inc. Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The Aaron's Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its more than 1,800 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com. About the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation  Established in 2001, the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity serving as a vehicle for Kurt and Brenda Warner to reach out to the community and share their blessings with those in need.  The First Things First Foundation is dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put "first things first." Additional information is available at www.kurtwarner.org. About Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to provide safe, decent and affordable housing in the St. Louis community. Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. With more than 335 homes already built, Habitat is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. Sponsors include corporations, organizations, religious groups, and individuals. According to the USGBC, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is the largest producer of LEED Certified Platinum single-family detached homes in the United States. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis can be found on-line at: www.habitatstl.org; twitter @habitatstl; and blog www.habitatstl.org/blog.


News Article | August 1, 2017
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ST GEORGE, Utah, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Squatty Potty® is sponsoring the bathrooms in Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah's 22nd home, located in Hurricane, Utah.  In addition to donating money for the home, Squatty Potty employees volunteered to paint the bathrooms and bedrooms....


Grant
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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