8 More Homes in BrooklynPosted at - 03:00 PM on Fri, Sep 28, 2012

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It's only eight out of Habitat of Humanity's 100 Homes in Brooklyn campaign, but to the future owners and the Infor volunteers, that place is unique. 

On September 21, 14 Infor employees spent the day painting kitchens and living rooms of units in the 836 Jefferson Ave. building in the historic Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

"Teamwork ruled from start to finish," said Laurie Forbes, executive assistant to CEO Charles Phillips and Infor's on-site coordinator for this build. "We had a blast."

Employees helped rehab a 1906 four-story, brick walk-up. It's in the final stages of being turned into eight two-bedroom, one-bath, green and affordable condominiums. This build is part of Habitat's 100 Homes in Brooklyn campaign to revitalize a once-iconic neighborhood and give families a chance at a better future in the city.

Infor volunteers' reactions:

  • This was my first Habitat build, and a truly amazing experience. To watch everyone pitch in, give of their time and talents, was inspiring and a testament to the power of giving.  Laurie Forbes
  • It felt great to come together and help beautify a future home in the heart of Brooklyn. Working alongside a future HFH homeowner and meeting the neighbors on our location's block made the experience even more fulfilling."  Peter Dedman, senior copy editor.
  • This build was both fun and gratifying, and I'd jump at the opportunity to join in on another."  Mike Kalinowski, IT tech support analyst, agreed:

Infor began a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International this year to help build affordable housing in the United States and abroad. Infor has committed up to $500,000 to fund house builds and offset operational costs for Habitat for Humanity. And Infor employees have opportunities to volunteer on builds and donate funds that Infor will match. Habitat is also a valued Infor customer.

Next Infor employee volunteer build day: October 12 in Chicago.

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