The Standard Helps Habitat For Humanity Build A Better Future

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

     Leadership build day kicks off a partnership providing homes for two families in need

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Orchards Project in southeast Portland, The Standard will launch a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build new homes for two families in need. In celebration of the partnership, Greg Ness, chairman, president and CEO of The Standard, will be joined by more than 30 members of The Standard's leadership team who will spend the day working at the SE Portland build site. Ness and his colleagues will strap on tool belts, swing hammers and raise the first wall.

"Habitat for Humanity provides a unique community benefit, helping those in need by engaging them in the hands-on construction of their future homes together with community volunteers," said Greg Ness. "At The Standard, we place high value on building healthy and sustainable communities, and we are proud to offer the financial support and employee volunteers necessary to build new homes with two families."

From April through October 2013, The Standard will encourage its more than 2,250 Oregon employees to participate in the build. As an additional incentive, employees will receive eight hours of paid time off to participate in the project.

"Thanks to the volunteer hours and donations provided by The Standard and its employees, we're creating a decent, affordable place to live for two families who desperately need it," said Steve Messinetti, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. "With the generous support of companies like The Standard, we can continue building the community we want to live in; the community where everyone has a safe place to call home."

Habitat for Humanity is also the beneficiary of The Standard's 2013 Jeans Day program, which gives employees the opportunity to wear jeans to work on Fridays in exchange for a donation of $100 to a nonprofit organization chosen annually by The Standard. Through the Jeans Day program and a dollar-for-dollar match by The Standard, more than $175,000 has been raised for Habitat for Humanity to support construction of the homes.

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