Special to the MBJ
This month, Nissan volunteers are continuing their almost decade-old partnership with Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area by building two houses for two Canton families.
Hundreds of volunteers from Nissan are taking part in a seven-day build of two homes being built simultaneously at 628 Coleman Street and 630 Coleman Street in Canton for homeowners Adrienne Manning and Mylinda Phillips. Volunteers from the community also are joining the Nissan team each build day.
“We share Habitat’s commitment to building sustainable communities,” said Steve Marsh, Nissan – Canton, vice president of manufacturing. “Building these houses makes a positive, lasting contribution in our local community, and we are honored to have this opportunity to work with the Manning and Phillips families on their new homes.”
Nissan’s national partnership with Habitat began in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Nissan donated $1 million, provided 50 Nissan Titan trucks to assist Habitat’s response efforts in the Gulf Coast and mobilized employees to assist in home building. Since 2006, Nissan employees have helped to build more than 60 homes across the United States, logging more than 70,000 volunteer hours.
“Nissan is a leader not only in the automotive industry but also in community citizenship,” said Cindy Griffin, executive director of HFHMCA. “Nissan – Canton’s sponsorship of the two houses this year is the latest in a long and generous history of their partnership with us. Nissan employees demonstrate the highest ideals of volunteerism, putting their hearts into action as they work alongside partner families, helping them build their new homes. We are proud to be their partner.”
Mylinda Phillips, one of the homeowners, said she would not be able to afford a home if it were not for the zero interest mortgage available through Habitat home ownership. “I want to thank Habitat, Nissan and the Nissan employees for what they already have done and what they will be doing. My family and I are so excited, and so grateful! This is a dream come true.”
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