Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The organization has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states 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.
One of the earliest corporate sponsors of Habitat for Humanity was DuPont, a global science and innovation leader. DuPont provides significant volunteer support and donates energy-efficient building products for renovations and community builds, which have helped Habitat for Humanity serve more than 22 million people through projects worldwide.
DuPont participated in this year’s 36th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project when 17 DuPont employees, in addition to hundreds of Habitat for Humanity volunteers from across the world, joined former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter in the north Nashville neighborhood of Park Preserve to build 21 affordable homes in one of the city’s five affordable housing communities. Volunteers worked alongside Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Nashville locals and longtime Habitat volunteers, who have joined the Carters’ mission. Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have become tireless advocates, active fundraisers, and some of the most hands-on construction volunteers, renovating and repairing 4,331 homes total.
In addition to large community builds like Carter Work Project, DuPont also recently supported Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz, which brings together professional homebuilders from all over the U.S. every year for one shared purpose—to build, repair, and revitalize safe and affordable housing for communities in need of a decent place to call home. As a 2019 Silver sponsor, DuPont employees participated in this year’s annual weeklong project where thousands of professional homebuilders volunteered across the nation, working alongside Habitat homeowners.
As part of its longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity, DuPont donates Styrofoam Brand Insulation, Great Stuff Foam Insulating Sealant, and Weathermate Housewrap, to enable more sustainable homes.
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