Habitat for Humanity highlighted in World Series Game 4

Major League Baseball highlighted Habitat for Humanity during Game 4 of the 2012 World Series on Sunday, October 28th, bringing national attention to the continuing need for affordable housing around the world.

“The World Series provides our charitable partners with a platform to shed light on social issues that are critically important to Major League Baseball and our fans,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig. MLB featured other charitable partners during the first three games.

The 2011 World Series averaged 16.6 million viewers in the United States, according to the Nielsen ratings service.

The promotion included placement of Habitat’s logo on a rotating digital sign directly behind home plate.

Together, MLB and Habitat have built 46 homes, including nine earlier this year in partnership with families who lost their homes in 2011 when tornadoes devastated Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Two of the nine homes were framed during this summer’s 83rd MLB All-Starr Game in the parking lot of Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, nicknamed “The Hammer” during his record-setting career, was one of many current and past baseball players who visited the All-Star Game framing to promote Habitat.

To read more about the continuing partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Major League Baseball click here.

Building Homes, Building Hope in Henryville

HENRYVILLE, IN – Devastating tornadoes ripped through Henryville, Indiana on March 2 of this year. Seven months later Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is partnering with the Henryville community and others to build ten homes for ten families whose homes were destroyed by the tornadoes. Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County decided a few months ago to be involved in this ambitious undertaking and took a team of 11 skilled workers for the Blitz Build week of October 8-12.

This team was headed by Aaron Lehman, construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, and Duffy Sherman, construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. When the team arrived in Henryville they met the Nasby family, whose home was destroyed by the water damage, wind and hail earlier this year. Fox 59 from Indianapolis interviewed the Nasby family about this experience and the outpouring love and support from people they didn’t know before this week. Check it out below.

Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes, hope through disaster-recovery projects in Alabama and Indiana

Lowe’s provides $500,000 and the support of Lowe’s Heroes to help rebuild seven houses in partnership with local families
Lowe's Heroes have been helping build houses in partnership with low-income families across the country as part of their 10-year national commitment to Habitat.
ATLANTA (Oct. 3, 2012) — Lowe’s Heroes from seven Lowe’s stores will descend upon Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Henryville, Ind., beginning Oct. 8 to join Habitat for Humanity in a disaster recovery initiative to rebuild seven homes in communities devastated by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012. The construction projects, funded by a $500,000 grant from Lowe’s, will bring together Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers, community organizations, schools and local leaders to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families.

In Tuscaloosa, Lowe’s Heroes will build in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa and five low-income families affected by the EF-4 tornado that destroyed more than 4,000 homes on April 27, 2011. The City of Tuscaloosa estimates roughly 70 percent of the destroyed homes provided shelter for low-income families.

Lowe’s Heroes also will build in partnership with New Albany/Floyd County Habitat for Humanity and two low-income families in Henryville. An EF-4 tornado cut a 50-mile path through Southern Indiana on March 2, 2012, destroying 200 homes and damaging 1,000 more. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that 53 percent of families affected by this tornado were low-income.

“Responding to natural disasters and helping rebuild affected communities with our partner, Habitat for Humanity, shows Lowe’s deep commitment to recovery,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Lending a helping hand in times of need is a promise Lowe’s has made to our neighbors for many years. Habitat volunteers and Lowe’s Heroes will work together to build alongside these families, helping them continue to recover and move forward in safe, secure homes. Our hope is many of these families can be in their new homes around the holidays.”

Lowe’s also supported tornado recovery in Tuscaloosa and Henryville by donating more than $780,000 to the American Red Cross. Lowe’s Heroes responded by distributing critically needed cleanup supplies and providing hands-on help to families and communities recovering from the disasters.

Lowe’s is a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity’s disaster recovery efforts, providing nearly $5 million to Habitat disaster-recovery programs since 2005. The rebuilding projects in Tuscaloosa and Henryville are funded through Lowe’s current five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat for Humanity, which includes grant programs, how-to clinics and underwriting for Habitat’s Women Build program.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or join Habitat’s blog community.