Volvo CE employees help renovate local Habitat for Humanity home
Each year, approximately 2 million people — individuals and families — spend time homeless or houseless in the United States. Lack of employment or income is only a fraction of the overall causes for homelessness in the United States. In fact, 44% report they were employed within the last month.[
Not having a place to call home isn’t a choice. That’s why Volvo CE North America has put a big focus on the plight of homelessness — and who better to partner with than Habitat for Humanity to help out with the initiative. Since 1976, Habitat has helped more than 35 million people build or improve the place they call home.
While COVID-19 has put a halt on many volunteer builds across the country this year, Volvo CE recently discovered one such opportunity with the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity chapter to help restore an existing home for a future homeowner. The house was recently purchased by Habitat and requires some major demolition work to become a more welcoming home. The goal is to have it finalized and a homeowner identified by early spring.
“I want to give a huge thank you to Volvo for helping us work on this home,” said Tom Reardon, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. “There are a lot of people in Franklin County who need decent housing, so this work really impacts our mission.”
The two-day demolition project involved five Volvo CE volunteers on the first day and seven on the second — and both teams came ready to tackle as much work as possible. Together, the work crews:
“I personally had a great experience working with the Habitat crew and my Volvo team,” said Robert Palermo, Product Manager, Articulated Haulers. “As with any remodel project, there can be unforeseen issues or challenges that need to be worked through. The great direction and assistance from our site manager solved all those items quickly to help us keep working. The team experience with colleagues that I don’t normally interact with was a bonus, too.”
The fee to cover this particular demolition project was covered by the proceeds from the Gold Rush Excavator sale earlier in the year. Future builds and renovation projects are being considered and will be promoted through various communications from The Building Tomorrow Project.
Meg Christenson, Director of Content Marketing and PR for Volvo CE, summed up the Franklin County efforts perfectly. “It was a joy to serve our community alongside colleagues,” she said. “I had a great time seeing many of them for the first time in months. Plus, I love a chance to demo things.”
Volvo CE is also looking at spring of next year to give Volvo dealers the opportunity to serve in their own communities by helping facilitate more dealer Habitat for Humanity building events similar to the partnership with Cowin Equipment to provide disaster relief in Panama City, Florida, after the devastation of Hurricane Michael in 2018, which destroyed more than 10,000 homes.