RIVER EDGE, NJ, October 25, 2016 – Women from SUEZ, a North American environmental water servicing company based in Paramus, teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County for their annual Women Build in Bergenfield. As a world leading environmental company, SUEZ is committed to positively impacting local communities.
With a corporate culture focused on community service, SUEZ put that culture into action by donating their time on Habitat Bergen’s construction worksite. SUEZ is ever-present in our local communities, whether it is through providing volunteers at one of its community partner’s projects or events, or providing in-kind or financial donations to the nonprofits they support. The women of SUEZ were able to demonstrate their commitment to serving others through this act of volunteerism in a local setting.
The SUEZ team of volunteers was comprised of some members from the Women’s Leadership Network team. This dynamic team of women performed numerous tasks throughout the day, including installing denim insulation made from recycled denim, covering the home in Styrofoam house wrap, and painting exterior finishes to the home.
Our current construction project is a 1,900 square foot, three-bedroom home which will include two-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a one-car garage. Just as SUEZ innovates with the latest environmental developments, the Bergenfield home will utilize advanced environmental and energy-efficiency standards to provide the future homeowners with cost-saving opportunities. The future homeowners, the Pimentel family, have completed over 300 hours of their required sweat equity and enjoy coming to the worksite on Saturdays to see the progress our teams, such as SUEZ, make on their future home.
“There is no question that helping to create a decent home for a family is a significant act of giving, but our volunteers typically find that they receive something in return that is even more valuable: a feeling of satisfaction and a connection to other people,” said Sonja Clark, Director of Community Relations and Habitat Bergen Board Member. “Knowing that you have worked alongside other volunteers to change a family’s life is a powerful feeling that you will want to experience again and again. If you never had a chance to get the experience building and working with Habitat for Humanity, you have no idea what you're missing!,” said Sonja Clark, Director of Community Relations at SUEZ and Habitat Bergen Board Member.
“SUEZ has been a key community partner of Habitat Bergen for many years, and we admire the strength, generosity, and can-do attitude of the women at SUEZ who volunteer with Women Build and lead by example,” said Angela King, Habitat Bergen’s Director of Volunteers and Women Build Committee Chair.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, visit www.habitatbergen.org or call 201.457.1020.
About Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
The goal of Habitat Bergen is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by working in partnership with people in need. Using volunteer labor and donated funds and materials, Habitat Bergen builds or rehabilitates simple, decent houses and sells them to low-income families at cost, but with no interest added. Habitat Bergen is a people-to-people partnership, which joins all of us together regardless of race, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic status. That partnership begins with the homeowner families (partner families). Habitat Bergen is not a giveaway program, but a joint venture in which those who benefit from the housing ministry are involved in the work at various levels. They help with the construction of their own home, as well as the houses of their neighbors.