VALLEY FORGE, Pa., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, is contributing employee volunteers and financial support to a revitalization effort in the Overbrook neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Chapter of Rebuilding Together, the nation's leading nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, will host Building a Healthy Neighborhood – a three-day community rebuilding effort at 62nd Street and Lancaster Avenue today through Saturday.
"We are grateful for the financial and volunteer support of Saint-Gobain and its employees," said Carrie Rathman, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. "As we strive to create safe, efficient and healthy homes for hundreds of low-income homeowners throughout Philadelphia, we are dependent on socially-responsible corporations like Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed that share a commitment to transforming homes – and the lives of residents."
With the support of employee volunteers from its contributing sponsors including Saint-Gobain and its largest North American subsidiary CertainTeed, Building a Healthy Neighborhood will yield improvements to nearly 30 homes owned by low-income families, veterans and people with disabilities. Home improvements will include a variety of critical home repair needs, including plumbing, roofing, energy-efficient upgrades, safe rails and doorways, exterior repairs and landscaping, as well as accessibility modifications for people with disabilities. A new playground and repairs and modifications at the community center are also planned.
"With more than 800 employees headquartered in the Philadelphia region, we are committed to applying the power of our people and their building expertise to enhance the communities where we live and work," said John Crowe, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed. "We believe our participation and investment will benefit local families as their homes conserve energy more efficiently and we are honored to become a part of the fabric of this community through such meaningful work."
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.3 billion in 2010.
Saint-Gobain's family of companies in North America includes CertainTeed Corporation, which offers the most comprehensive portfolio of interior and exterior building products in North America, as well as Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Saint-Gobain ADFORS (previously known as Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics), Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America, Saint-Gobain Glass, Saint-Gobain Solar, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and more.
Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs to an existing home, addressing both structural issues and those that affect the health of the homeowners. House by house, block by block, we work with our nearly 200 affiliates, 200,000 volunteers, who are skilled tradespersons, corporate partners and everyday citizens, to repair homes, to stabilize and revitalize communities. For nearly 25 years, we have seen the benefits when people remain in their homes: lives are improved and communities are revived. See the difference we make at www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter @rebldgtogthr or become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether.