Today, the Nissan Canada Foundation announced it will deepen its relationship with Habitat for Humanity Canada as the Nissan Canada Foundation confirms its support as an official sponsor of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, to be held in Canada in 2017. Nissan – through the Nissan Canada Foundation – will provide volunteer support and sponsorship at the “Silver” level, marking 10 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Canada.
For more than 30 years, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project has helped Habitat for Humanity improve and build homes in the United States and worldwide. It helps raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing, attracting volunteers from around the world. This internationally recognized Habitat event will be returning to Canada in 2017, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. It was last in Canada in 1993, and in order to mark this national milestone, Habitat for Humanity Canada, with the support of sponsors like the Nissan Canada Foundation, will be building 150 safe, decent and affordable homes for 150 families across Canada, which helps break the cycle of poverty through home ownership.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the Nissan Canada Foundation will be supporting the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Canada,” says Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “With Habitat, Nissan has a broader platform through which we can impact the lives of deserving families, long-term and in a meaningful way, carrying out our corporate vision to enrich people’s lives.”
The Nissan Canada Foundation is also renewing its commitment to Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga, and will once again be a title home sponsor for a new project in Malton, Ontario, where a complex of town homes will be erected, starting in 2017. The Foundation will also be lending its support to Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga’s new ‘Volunteer Shuttle Program’, by donating an all-new 2017 NV Passenger Van, helping them launch this brand new initiative. This new program will increase Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga’s ability to build homes and hope by removing barriers for recruiting and welcoming more volunteers, something essential to Habitat’s success.
Since the partnership with the Nissan Canada Foundation began in 2008, nearly 1000 Nissan Canada Inc. and dealership staff have volunteered close to 6,000 hours of time to help build 50 homes in cities across the country, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Saint John and Halifax. This contribution of time is over and above the more than $1-million the Nissan Canada Foundation has donated to Habitat for Humanity Canada and its affiliates.
“Nissan is passionate about improving the quality of life in the communities that we live and operate in. As Habitat volunteers, our employees can engage directly in addressing local needs for affordable housing by making personal commitments of their time and effort on Habitat build sites,” concluded Paiva.
About the Nissan Canada Foundation
Created in 1993, the Foundation aims to deliver on Nissan’s corporate vision of enriching people’s lives, by improving the quality of life in the communities in which Nissan operates. Aligned with Nissan’s three chosen areas of focus; the environment, education and humanitarian relief, the Foundation establishes lasting partnerships ensuring its efforts lead to long-term tangible differences in people’s lives. This approach has resulted in long-standing support for The Mississauga Food Bank, a local organization, as well as a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, formed in 2008. Equally passionate about Canada’s future, the Foundation supports endowments, bursaries and in-kind donations. Today these have an estimated value of over two million dollars. The Foundation has provided financial assistance to these partners over the course of two decades, but it has also provided close to 6,000 hours of donated labour, realizing that the true value of these efforts is in the outcomes they have enabled. An understanding best achieved through personal involvement.