Japanese automaker Nissan may be based overseas, but its philanthropic actions are certainly prevalent in the United States. Since 2005, Nissan has been a sponsor of the Habit for Humanity program, which uses volunteers to construct homes for those in need. Since its inception, Nissan has donated 104 vehicles (and counting!) to the program, and its employees have helped construct more than 50 homes in communities surrounding Nissan manufacturing plants and corporate operations. Now, the Japanese automaker has decided to extend its reach across the United States with more spread-out Habitat projects with an even greater emphasis on energy efficiency.
One of the most recent of these projects involves Kenya Bouie, a single mother of two, stationed in the Atlanta, GA area, and her story is quite an inspiring one. She first worked for Habitat for Humanity for five months. She states, "I met a lot of people, and realized I wasn't the only one facing an uphill housing battle. . . And, I learned what should be done in a home when something happens, how to fix it without having to spend a lot of money (to be) cost efficient, and it helps me be independent."1 Kendra's new home is one of ten that will be built over the next several months through a sustainable building grant from Nissan.
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Source: 1 http://www.nissannews.com/newsrelease.do;jsessionid=2E18A25B57EBDB1FC99FFB1A61A647B7?&id=3246&allImage=1&teaser=nissan-habitat-humanity-kick-off-sustainable-building-grant&mid=%3C/