NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kicking off its second decade of partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Nissan North America today announced a $1 million grant to help build more homes with families in need of decent, affordable housing. Nissan's cash contributions to Habitat for Humanity in North America total more than $14 million over the past 11 years.
"Nissan values its partnership with Habitat for Humanity because it delivers strong results each year in building sustainable communities in the areas where our employees live and work," said Nissan Vice President Rebecca Vest. "Our employees look forward to working alongside future homeowners, and their experiences affirm our corporate mission to enrich people's lives."
Portions of Nissan's contribution will be used to expand Habitat's vehicle fleet, which supports disaster recovery efforts. The largest portion will go toward the cost of building homes in areas of the country where Nissan has an operational presence. Nissan employees will volunteer to support construction or revitalization projects in 12 Habitat communities this year, including:
- Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona
- Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California
- Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, Georgia
- Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, in Aurora, Illinois
- Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County in Detroit, Michigan
- Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver in Denver, Colorado
- Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area in Canton, Mississippi
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee
- Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury in Franklin, Tennessee
- Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
- Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity in Dallas, Texas
"We thank Nissan for continuing to give back to communities across the country," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "We are grateful for their long-term support and commitment to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance."
Nissan's partnership with Habitat began in 2005 when it donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region. In the last decade, Nissan has donated an additional 88 vehicles. Since 2006, Nissan's employees have logged more than 80,000 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity, building 71 homes across the U.S.
About Nissan North America
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 and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
About Habitat for Humanity International
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.
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SOURCE Habitat for Humanity International