GM Foundation Provides $1M Grant to Habitat for Humanity International


The General Motors Foundation revealed late last week it is giving a $1 million grant to Habitat for Humanity International in an effort to help with neighborhood revitalization efforts in 12 U.S. cities.

The grant was presented Thursday by the Foundation president and GM director of corporate relations Vivian Pickard during the Washington Auto Show.

"This grant will help construct healthier neighborhoods and an improved sense of community," said Pickard. "In addition to the Foundation's grant, our teamGM Cares employee volunteers will help low-income families rebuild and restore their homes and participate in other vital community projects."

Funds will be allocated for financial support for new construction, home repair and rehabilitation, weatherization efforts and more.

Work will be underway in neighborhoods in Arlington and Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Baltimore; Chicago; Denver; Detroit and Lansing, Mich.; Los Angeles; Nashville; New Orleans and Phoenix.

And this isn’t the first time GM has partnered with this particular nonprofit.

In December, Chevrolet donated to Habitat for Humanity International 24 Express cargo vans to create a fleet of mobile response units.

The vehicles, filled with tools and equipment from Lowe's and Robert Bosch Tool Corp., are currently dispatched with volunteers assisting with Hurricane Sandy response efforts in New York and New Jersey, the organization explained

"General Motors has already joined Habitat for Humanity to address a critical need following Hurricane Sandy," said Larry Gluth, senior vice president of U.S. and Canada operations for Habitat for Humanity International. "Today, the company is building on its commitment, and we are very grateful to the GM Foundation for its generosity."  

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