NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2005) – Volunteers with Bridgestone/Firestone's original equipment (OE) team in Detroit are helping a family in that city become homeowners.
For this year's “Jimmy Carter Work Project,” the OE team is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, Mich., to build the new home. Habitat is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, who have a longstanding relationship with the organization, annually join volunteers to build a home for his namesake project.
Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire L.L.C. (BFNT) said it will contribute $10,000 toward building a 1,200-sq.-ft. single-story, ranch-style home, while members of its OE team will volunteer along with the future homeowners to complete the building project over a two-week period this month.
“We're proud to work with Habitat for Humanity to increase homeownership opportunities for minority and low- to moderate-income families in the Oakland County region,” said Michael Martini, president of BFNT's OE consumer tire division. “Bridgestone/Firestone is committed to investing in our local communities. We believe that helping empower local families and enriching local neighborhoods will make the community a better place to live and work,” he added.
Steve Campbell, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, said the organization is “extremely grateful for Bridgestone Firestone's generosity.” He called the tire maker “a tremendous partner for Habitat, and its contribution is another example of the company's strong commitment to giving back to the communities in which it works.”
BFNT has partnered with Habitat to build several homes in the past; this is the second for the OE team in the Detroit area. In 2004 and 2005, more than 200 company volunteers teamed up to build two Habitat homes for families in a neighborhood near the tire maker's corporate headquarters in Nashville. This year volunteers from the company's Akron Technical Center built a two-story Habitat home in Akron's Firestone Park area.