Perdue associates and Habitat for Humanity partner for National Women Build Week
Salisbury, Md. (Tuesday, May 10, 2016) — More than 50 Perdue associates from the Corporate office, Perdue AgriBusiness headquarters and the Salisbury plant rolled up their sleeves and volunteered recently during Habitat for Humanity’s sixth annual National Women Build Week May 3-7. Volunteers worked on a build project in the Church Street community in Salisbury, a neighborhood where Habitat has built more than 15 homes and partnered with Perdue on several projects.
Nationwide, more than 300 Habitat affiliates hosted women build projects in partnership with Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program. National Women Build Week challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to building a simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities.
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the company’s charitable giving arm, recently awarded Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County a $15,000 grant to help a Salisbury family realize the dream of home-ownership. In addition to the grant, associates wanted to do more and the Women Build provided the opportunity to lend a hand.
“Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County is so grateful that Perdue associates are taking time out of their busy daily work days to attend our Women Build,” said Molly Hilligoss, executive director of the Wicomico County Habitat. “We love seeing companies come together for the greater good of our community. With partnerships like Habitat and Perdue, we can improve the lives of so many right here in Wicomico County.”
“This was my first time volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and I would do it again! It was a wonderful opportunity to work side by side with other Perdue associates with the common goal of helping someone achieve their goals and to improve a Salisbury neighborhood,” said volunteer and Perdue associate Vanessa Kelley. “Homeownership changes people’s lives and I believe in Habitat for Humanity’s statement: ‘All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people.’”
About Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County
As a Christian housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people of all faiths to make home ownership of decent, affordable homes a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County was founded in 1987; since then the affiliate has built 62 homes locally. Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent homes with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat homes are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments come back to the affiliate to help build more homes for more families.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND® and COLEMAN NATURAL® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.