Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi has been helping with Habitat for Humanity since 2011, and today, employees of the plant – they’re called “team members” – got started on another one this morning. But this particular home is a little different.
For the first time, Toyota Mississippi is completely funding its construction. It’s paying not only for building costs, but also providing 100 percent of the labor, through company volunteers.
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Mississippi team members arrived to a bare slab this morning, but it wasn’t bare for long. Team members worked all day putting up the walls that will turn this slab into a home for a family from Lee County in just 10 weeks.
“Toyota Mississippi is dedicated to supporting the mission and values of Habitat for Humanity,” said Toyota Mississippi president Masafumi Hamaguchi. “And I am very happy to say we have donated over $87,000 to Habitat for Humanity in North Mississippi since 2011. Our goal is to enhance quality of life for families in local communities.”
Established in 1984, Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that brings together qualified partners and houses with affordable mortgages by using donations and volunteer labor to construct decent, affordable, safe homes. Affordable housing remains one of the area’s greatest needs as too many local residents live in substandard housing. Since it was organized, NEMHH has constructed over 100 homes for low-income families.
“These homes are not a hand out but a hand up,” saod Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity Board President John Temple. “Our partners go through a rigorous screening process and must meet a minimum income test. Then, each family is required to contribute at least 300 volunteer “sweat equity” hours working on at least two other Habitat homes as well as their own.“