AUSTIN, Texas, March 27, 2016 –- Assurant employees, family and friends came together for an unusual Saturday at the office – building major sections of a new home for a deserving local family, with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County.
For the second year running, more than 40 volunteers spent the morning constructing interior and exterior walls under the direction of seasoned Habitat volunteers and staff, at a special ad hoc worksite in the parking lot of Assurant Field Services in Austin.
“Assurant is a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and our team is honored to collaborate on our second on-site panel build,” said Jerry Rowell, managing director, Assurant Field Services. “Coming together with our local Habitat affiliate to build major components of the home at our Austin office not only speeds up production, but also allows more of our employees to participate in this fulfilling volunteer opportunity.”
The Assurant crew proudly posed for pictures upon completion of the walls and took part in the Habitat tradition of signing the framing with good wishes for the future homeowners. In addition to Assurant’s volunteer efforts, construction materials were funded through a grant from the Assurant Foundation.
Founded in 1999, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County brings communities and people together to create and sustain home ownership opportunities. Families selected for Habitat home ownership invest 300–500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ to help build their own home, which they purchase via a zero-interest mortgage, and help build the homes of others in the program. Habitat of Williamson County has worked with more than 15,000 volunteers and community supporters to help 74 families become homeowners and 26 families sustain home ownership through its home repair program. For more information, visit www.williamsonhabitat.org.
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