Brocade Commits to Helping New Orleans
As a corporate partner committed to creating meaningful change in communities, in March Brocade dispatched over 90 volunteers throughout New Orleans to help New Orleans Habitat for Humanity build homes for low income families. The volunteers were in New Orleans for the Brocade Partner Summit 2013 and took time to work in Central City on five different homes. Siding, fencing, painting and trim work were many of the tasks of the day. On a regular basis, Brocade employees are encouraged to donate their time volunteering in the community, and Brocade facilitates community engagement by organizing volunteer opportunities and programs for employees. So working with NOAHH just made sense!!
“Having a group of hard working professionals on the worksite was tremendous for our affiliate,” stated Jim Pate, executive director of NOAHH. “The group was eager to work and no task was too big or small.”
Currently NOAHH has 8 homes under construction in Central City with many more spread throughout New Orleans. Volunteers are the backbone of our building efforts and without the continued support of groups and individuals, NOAHH would not be able to serve the community. On June 28, 2013, the affiliate will celebrate the beginning of the 500th New Orleans Habitat “New-Construction” home in the Upper Ninth Ward. “This is an achievement that could not be reached were it not for volunteers who give so unselfishly of their time like this outstanding team from Brocade,” added Pate.
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New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. NOAHH builds new houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities, and homeowner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Since its inception in 1983 NOAHH has served over 3,200 low-income families in need of adequate shelter.