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Nissan celebrates 13 years of building sustainable communities with Habitat for Humanity

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  • Nissan has contributed more than $15.5 million to Habitat nationally since 2005
  • 2018 donation funds home builds in 12 communities where Nissan employees live and work
  • Nissan Canton and Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant employees recently dedicated two new Habitat homes

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nissan North America continues its long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity with a $1 million donation to help build affordable, homes in partnership with families in need of decent housing. Nissan's contributions to Habitat for Humanity in North America amount to more than $15.5 million over the past 13 years.

Nissan donates to Rutherford County Habitat
Nissan Smyrna Manufacturing Vice President Jeff Younginer presents Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity the keys to a NV3500 cargo van, which will help the organization transport supplies to its build sites.



Nissan, Habitat for Humanity celebrate 13 years (Infographic)
Nissan illustrates its 13-year relationship with Habitat for Humanity in North America.



"There is a growing need for affordable housing across the U.S.," said Nissan Vice President of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility Rebecca Vest. "Nissan values its partnership with Habitat for Humanity because it helps build sustainable communities where our employees live and work. Our employees look forward to working alongside future homeowners, and their experiences affirm our corporate vision to enrich people's lives."

The majority of Nissan's 2018 donation will go toward the building costs of Habitat homes in locations where Nissan has an operational presence, for vehicle purchases for use by local Habitat organizations and sponsorship of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

"Nissan's 13-year commitment to Habitat has played an important role in helping families achieve affordable homeownership," said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, the senior vice president of development at Habitat for Humanity. "We are grateful for Nissan's continuous generous support and the many volunteers who have built alongside future homeowners."

Habitat Affiliates
This year, Nissan employees will volunteer to support Habitat in these U.S. locations:
 
Arizona
Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona
California
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Colorado
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Georgia
Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Michigan
Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County
Mississippi
Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area
Tennessee
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson-Maury 
Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity
Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity
Texas
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

Nissan Home Dedications
On July 18, Nissan Canton dedicated its 11th home built with Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area in Jackson. Nearly 100 Nissan employees volunteered to help build a house alongside the Trotter family.

Nissan Smyrna employees dedicated a new Habitat home to homeowner Elexcia and her family on July 12. This marks the 12th Nissan Habitat home constructed in Rutherford County. Nissan also presented Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity with a brand-new NV3500 cargo van, its third vehicle donation to the organization. 

Nissan's partnership with Habitat began in 2005 to support recovery efforts after hurricanes Katrina and Rita damaged the Gulf Coast region. Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building. Since 2006, Nissan has donated an additional 96 vehicles and Nissan's employees have logged nearly 100,000 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity, building 86 homes across the United States.

About Habitat for Humanity 
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.infinitiusa.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and infinitinews.com.

Contact
Nakia Fowler
Habitat for Humanity International
newsroom@habitat.org

Darla Turner
Nissan Corporate Communications
darla.turner@Nissan-usa.com

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