November 24, 2015
Nissan is celebrating 10 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity by helping to build homes across the country, including Franklin, TN. Working with Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury, over 200 Nissan employees worked for five weeks to build a three–bedroom home on Natchez Street, next to a home Nissan volunteers built two years ago. The home will be dedicated on Friday, November 13 to Habitat Partner Family Merita Polk. This is the ninth Habitat home built in Williamson County by Nissan.
“Community partnerships enable Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury to build homes and provide hopeful futures for families,” explains HFHWM Executive Director Becket Moore. “Nissan embraces community, and we at Habitat are both honored and grateful to be associated with such a socially conscious organization. Thank you Nissan for your contribution to our affiliate and for your commitment to Habitat for Humanity.”
Merita is counting down the days until she can move in to her new home. She currently lives in an apartment just blocks away from her new home that has mold, a leaky roof, and no heat. “This Habitat for Humanity program has renewed my hope that my future will be better. I just feel blessed to be in this program,” she says. “I am at a loss for words. All I can say is thank you.”
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury will sell the home to Merita at no profit and with a zero-interest mortgage. She will close on it before Christmas and will celebrate the holiday with her daughter and grandchildren in her new home.
Nissan’s contributions to Habitat for Humanity in North America amount to more than $13 million over the past 10 years. The partnership began in 2005 to support response efforts to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region. Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in homebuilding. In the last decade, Nissan has donated an additional 78 vehicles.
Since 2006, Nissan’s employees have logged more than 70,000 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity, building 63 homes across the United States and serving 569 families.