GREENVILLE, S.C. – On Wednesday, June 22, twenty-three of Greenville’s top CEO’s dedicated their latest project –construction of a home for the Delanuez family, in Habitat Greenville’s fourth annual CEO Build.
As participants in the Habitat program, the Delanuez’s have completed 200 hours of sweat equity and 25 hours of homeownership preparation classes. At the dedication, the family will be presented with gifts that will prepare them for life as homeowners, including a lawnmower, a tool set, cleaning supplies, a framed watercolor, and a quilt for each member of the family, handmade by Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild.
Habitat Greenville’s CEO build is an annual event that unites companies from across business sectors to fund and construct a home for a Greenville family with low income. Each CEO‘s company supported the build through both financial sponsorship and volunteer hours. Many CEO Build participants are continuing supporters of Habitat’s mission, either through consistent participation in the CEO Build or through sponsorship of individual home builds.
“Habitat profoundly changes the lives of homeowners and their family for generations to come. As a company, our participants always seem to get as much out of the experience as they give,” said Steve Harkins, President and CEO of SC Telco Federal Credit Union, a two-time CEO build participant. SC Telco and its employees also fully funded and helped build a Habitat home in 2013.
Dick Wilkerson, Michelin Chairman and President (retired) has chaired the project since its inception in 2013. This year’s participants include AFL Global; Bon Secours St. Francis Health System; Community Foundation of Greenville; Complete Public Relations; Design Strategies; Ethox Chemicals, LLC; Fluor Corporation; Fresh Water Systems, Inc.; GBS Building Supply; Greater Greenville Association of Realtors; Greenville County Redevelopment Authority; Greenville Health System; Greenville Technical College; Home Builders Association of Greenville; JHM Hotels; Lockheed Martin; SC Telco Federal Credit Union; Southern Fried Green Tomatoes; The Blood Connection; The Marchant Company; United Way of Greenville County; and Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
“Sustainable community growth begins with a stable home environment for every family,” said Monroe Free, Executive Director of Habitat Greenville. “We are fortunate to have a business community in Greenville that understands the need to build communities from the ground up, just as they build their companies. We are proud to partner with these great organizations.”
To become involved with future CEO Builds, contact Barbara Martin, Habitat Greenville VP of Development, at (864) 370-1458.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County:
Through affordable home construction, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville strives to eliminate poverty housing and the social and economic problems it causes. Habitat Greenville received the Greenville Chamber’s Neighborhood Improvement Award in 2015, and was recognized with the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award, given by the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO). Habitat Greenville, chartered in 1985, celebrated its 30th anniversary and construction of its 330th home in 2015. Learn more at www.habitatgreenville.org.