MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – Tomorrow, the Nissan Canada Foundation will take the first step towards realizing a long-term goal of helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity partner families from coast-to-coast. This season opener to the Nissan Canada Foundation's "Habitat Build Days", is the first ever to occur in Newfoundland, and is quite aptly happening in a community called Paradise. The kick-off event near St. John's, Newfoundland will be followed by a sequence of Adopt-a-Day events all across Canada; mobilizing Nissan employees in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Montreal and concluding in Vancouver, B.C. on October 20, 2014. These events further strengthen the foundation's long-standing commitment to Habitat for Humanity Canada by providing an opportunity for Nissan employees and dealership staff from across Canada to spend an entire day building a new home for a family in need. This donated labour is vital to Habitat for Humanity Canada and their ability to build homes as economically as possible.
The Nissan Canada Foundation's "Habitat Build Days" allow it to make a tangible difference by helping Habitat for Humanity Canada build safe, decent and affordable homes for local families, which helps break the cycle of poverty through home ownership. Since the partnership with the Nissan Canada Foundation began in 2008 – Nissan Canada Inc. and dealer staff have donated over 3,000 hours of time to help build homes in cities across the country including: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Saint John & Halifax. This donation of time is over and above the hundreds of thousands of dollars the Nissan Canada Foundation has also provided over the years.
"At Nissan, giving back to our local communities through volunteer work always has been, and continues to be a defining trait of our corporate culture." said Christian Meunier, President of the Nissan Canada Foundation. "Therefore, we are delighted to continue our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, and delivering on the Foundation's mission of improving the quality of life in the communities in which Nissan operates in a concrete and meaningful way. I speak for all of our employees when I say we are excited to step away from our desks for a day and use that time as a team to make a lasting and much-needed difference in the lives of local families in need."
"Because of supporters like the Nissan Canada Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Canada has been able to give a hand up to 2,500 families," says Kevin Marshman, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "For many families, Nissan's volunteer and financial support will mean a more stable life, which is proven to impact job prospects, health and children's confidence."
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