In a move indicative of its growing national presence, Martin Marietta is supporting an organization that helps create decent, affordable housing solutions to communities across the United States and beyond.
The Company has committed to provide construction materials and monetary support for Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Home Builders Blitz, a week-long initiative kicking off in June that will team Habitat affiliates with professional contractors to help build, repair or renovate hundreds of homes in partnership with families across the United States.
“We wanted to support a nonprofit organization with a structure parallel to our own,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Anne Lloyd. “Habitat for Humanity is that organization. They’re built much the same way we are. Their affiliates are spread across the map and serve people in communities both large and small.”
The Home Builders Blitz, which will take place from June 6-10, dates back to 2002, when the Wake County, North Carolina Habitat branch teamed with a local homebuilder to construct 12 new homes in five days. In the years that followed, the event continued to grow, eventually becoming an annual initiative in 2014. To date, the Home Builders Blitz has built, repaired or renovated more than 1,500 homes across the country. In 2016, the goal is to add another 300 homes to that list.
Dozens of Martin Marietta operations from North Carolina to Colorado have agreed to provide stone, sand, gravel and ready mix concrete for an estimated 74 new homes, 28 home repairs and 15 home rehabilitations. The Company also has pledged a $50,000 donation to help sponsor this year’s event.
“Our people care about the community. It’s pretty universal across Martin Marietta,” said Senior Financial Compliance Specialist Jacklyn Rooker, who worked closely with Habitat officials to bring this sponsorship to fruition.
“This is a very real, very tangible way for us to make a big impact. And to do it all in just one week is truly exciting.”
Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director of Corporate, Foundation and Institutional Relations for Habitat for Humanity International, said Martin Marietta’s involvement in the Home Builders Blitz will help her organization further its mission to help homeowners and families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
“Martin Marietta’s cash sponsorship and gifts-in-kind donation will help defer construction costs for the affiliates involved, allowing them to use those funds for greater outreach within their communities,” Ridenhour said. “We are grateful for the support.”
Rooker said this year’s support of Habitat for Humanity International is likely a sign of greater cooperation to come.
“As we work with their affiliates, our teams will begin to develop relationships,” she said. “Ultimately, we hope that when support is needed beyond the Home Builders Blitz, Habitat affiliates will come to us.”
The Home Builders Blitz is one of the many ways Habitat for Humanity helps further its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Anyone wishing to donate their time or money to the organization should visit Habitat for Humanity International's website.