“P&G has a long-standing commitment to give back to our local communities and we take this responsibility very seriously,” says Susan Nieuwhof, corporate sustainability leader, P&G Canada. “For years, our trusted brands have helped people do the things that make their house feel more like a home, and by joining Habitat for Humanity Canada, we can bring the comforts of home to more families across the country. We are excited to provide not only financial support, but also the participation of our employees to help support families who are working to call a home their own.”
As part of the new partnership, P&G will provide major investment and assistance in Women Build projects in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal taking place this fall. Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build projects promote the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes, with the majority of the planning and execution undertaken by female volunteers. Influential blogger ambassadors from across Canada will also be engaged to support and raise awareness of these Women Build projects within their local community.
In addition to the Women Build projects, P&G employees and stakeholders will volunteer on Habitat build sites in their markets, enabling them to have an impact in the communities they live and work in.
As well as hands on assistance, P&G will offer cleaning kits to Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help ready the newly built homes for move-in once construction is completed, and will provide welcome baskets packed full of household products like Tide, Swiffer, Mr. Clean, Bounty, Febreze, Dawn and Cascade to each family moving into their new Habitat home. Habitat for Humanity Canada estimates that its affiliates will build some 300 new homes for partner families in 2014. “We are very grateful to P&G for their commitment to Habitat Canada and for supporting our vital home builds across the country,” says Kevin Marshman, president and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada. “The dedication and energy demonstrated by P&G is wonderful and we look forward to a valuable three years working together. Partnerships such as these play a crucial role in helping us work towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.”