Infor employee volunteers just completed their 13th home build for Habitat for Humanity across 11 US cities this year. Next up: builds in Asia, Europe, South America.
In early 2012, Infor formed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to help build affordable housing in the United States and abroad. Infor committed up to $500,000 to fund house builds and match employee contributions, as well as provide employee volunteers on 50+ builds around the globe.
Since the partnership launched in March, Infor employees have completed 13 builds in 11 cities:
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Chicago, Illinois
- Columbus, Ohio
- Denver, Colorado
- Greenville, South Carolina
- Malvern, Pennsylvania
- New York City/Brooklyn
- Providence, Rhode Island
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- St. Paul, Minnesota
- Framingham, Massachusetts
"It was a great feeling knowing we participated in something special that benefited a hard-working and deserving family," says Stephen Herbert, Infor revenue analyst who worked on the Denver build.
Habitat does a lot. Since 1976, it has affected about 2 million people. Shelter is one of the fundamental things that everyone needs, says Gail Hyde, vice president and CIO of Habitat for Humanity International. Water, food and shelter-supply those, and you can really make a difference in communities, and the health and outcomes of individuals. It's all based in having a safe and decent place to live.
Infor will do more. In mid-2013, a group of Infor employees will spend a week working a Habitat Global Village build in an area of Central America where the majority of the population lacks decent housing.
"I feel very fortunate to work for a company whose values are those that tackle issues such as homelessness and provide their employees with the resources they need to volunteer," Herbert says.
"Expect to work hard and have way more fun than you think," says Hannah Taylor, product support analyst who also worked on the build in Denver. "That's not to undermine the importance or impact of the task; it just really strengthens the experience. I felt not only more connected to Infor and proud to be a part of the build, but I also learned a lot about my own willingness to try new things and how much I can work really hard.
"Helping others and making a difference really feels awesome. I encourage everyone to get involved."
Learn more about Infor's partnership with Habitat for Humanity.