MIAMI, Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) announced today that it is donating $35,000 worth of building materials to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. The materials, which will be used to build affordable homes for low income families, were delivered to the Habitat warehouse in the new 2012 Nissan NV commercial van as part of the vehicle's national media preview.
Scheduled to launch in spring 2011, the Nissan NV is available in three models, NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD, and in two roof configurations – Standard Roof and High Roof. The NV is the first commercial van to offer rugged body-on-frame construction combined with a High Roof, offering users the ability to walk, stand and work in the cargo area. It is assembled by Nissan Manufacturing in Canton, MS.
"Nissan is helping to put low income families in decent, affordable homes," said Habitat CEO Mario Artecona. "More than that, Nissan is contributing toward the revitalization of an entire community."
Nissan's in-kind donations will be used to construct homes in Liberty City, one of Miami's most blighted urban areas, under the non-profit's Liberty City Shine campaign. Miami Habitat is currently working with partners like Nissan to build and refurbish more than 250 homes over three years in this once-thriving neighborhood.
"Nissan values our relationship with Habitat for Humanity," said David Reuter, vice-president, Corporate Communications, Nissan Americas. "We are proud to partner with them to help revitalize Liberty City and we're proud that the new Nissan NV2500 can demonstrate its outstanding capabilities."
Nissan's contribution is in addition to the $1 million annual donation to Habitat for Humanity International, a partnership with Habitat begun five years ago following the devastation of the 2005 hurricane season. Nissan's disaster-relief efforts resulted in the donation of 50 Titan pick-up trucks, with a value totaling more than $1 million, to support rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region.
To date, Nissan has provided over $5 million in grant money and in-kind donations to Habitat for Humanity, and over 5,000 Nissan team members have volunteered in more than 25 home builds across the United States.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is a Christian ministry which builds homes and communities in partnership with low-income families in need of a simple, decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity makes interest-free loans available for the purchase of these homes, and provides opportunities to all people of conscience to support its mission to break the cycle of poverty. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami has built more than 750 homes in Miami-Dade. For more information, please visit: www.miamihabitat.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built nearly 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.
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 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 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.
SOURCE Nissan North America