Dow Volunteers in Canada Help Habitat for Humanity Reach Blitz Build Goal
The Carter Work Project is an annual blitz build that the former U.S. President and his wife participate in.
Midland, Mich - July 24, 2017 -
Last week, more than 150 Dow employees, contractors, co-op students, retirees, customers and guests strapped on their steel-toed boots and hard hats to participate in the biggest Habitat for Humanity build in Canada's 150-year-history, participating in the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
The Carter Work Project is an annual blitz build that the former U.S. President and his wife participate in. The week-long build, which alternates between U.S. locations and international locations, was brought to Canada for 2017 to celebrate the country's 150th year since confederation.
The goal of the build was to construct 150 homes across the country. Not only was it reached, but the final total was more than 200 homes from coast to coast. Dow focused its efforts on three build sites – 58 units in Edmonton, 14 in Fort Saskatchewan, and 25 in Winnipeg.
“There was tremendous energy across the build sites and our employees were a big part of that,” said Tyler Edgington
Dow volunteers also worked alongside the future homeowners in Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan and Winnipeg who individually need to put in 500 hours of sweat equity into their homes. Rachelle, who will own one of the homes Dow volunteers worked on in Edmonton, said she was incredibly appreciative of the help.
“It's been really great having the Dow team helping me build my particular unit. They've been friendly, willing to help and have done so much for the build,” Rachelle said. Once her house is completed, the first thing she wants to do is “sit on her front porch and relax,” she said.
Also joining the build were country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Both kept a low profile on the build site, focusing on their efforts on getting as much work completed as possible and getting to know the families that will move into the homes.
Dow Building and Construction donated building supplies that were used in construction of more than 200 homes as part of the project for 2017. Dow was Habitat for Humanity's first corporate sponsor in 1983 and its first international sponsor in 1993. Dow has worked on more than 52,000 homes with the organization and more than 2,000 Dow employees will volunteer with Habitat in 2017.