ST. LOUIS (July 11, 2012) - On Saturday, July 14, more than 160 Anheuser-Busch employees and family members will roll up their sleeves for an exclusive "Builder Day" where for one day, they will take over Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis builds in University City and Carondelet. As part of its first-ever builds in these neighborhoods, Habitat Saint Louis is constructing five homes in each community. Additionally, each of these homes is being constructed to meet LEED platinum standards.
The Anheuser-Busch Foundation, a 2012 Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Build Sponsor, has donated $67,000 to help fund the builds. This is the third year Anheuser-Busch has participated in a Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis build and the company has contributed $175,000 to the organization since 2010. Anheuser Busch and its employees share a commitment to make a positive and direct difference in the communities where they work and live. Volunteering time to build affordable homes provides the company's employees a unique opportunity to make a sustainable contribution not only to a deserving family, but an entire community. Nationwide, Anheuser-Busch is involved in Habitat projects in 12 cities located near its U.S. breweries, with several hundred employees participating.
"We're proud to partner with Habitat to help our neighbors in need," said Margarita Flores, vice president of community affairs for Anheuser-Busch. "Our employees look forward to these builds and it's a real source of pride for them and us as a company. By building homes, we help provide families more than a house. We help provide a foundation for them to thrive."
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is a proven community leader in affordable housing. Habitat is a homeownership program that builds and sells its homes to low-income, diverse partner families. These families partner by contributing 350 hours of sweat-equity to build their homes and the homes of others, and then pay a zero-percent interest mortgage. The mortgage proceeds go back into building additional homes for other hard-working families.
"It's inspiring to have a company like Anheuser-Busch not only provide a contribution through their Foundation, but actually come out to help build houses," said Kimberly McKinney, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. "Habitat would not exist without its volunteers and the support of our local corporate community."
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve living conditions and provide affordable housing in the St. Louis community. Habitat for Humanity sponsors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build new homes. Habitat has served more than 325 families in the St. Louis area, building neighborhoods and transforming lives. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis currently is one of the leading housing developers in the St. Louis metro area. According to the USGBC, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is the largest producer of LEED Certified Platinum single-family detached homes in the United States. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country.
Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have committed more than $875 million in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at its breweries by 34 percent in the last three years and the company has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. Since 1997, Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have invested in local communities through donations of nearly $475 million to charitable organizations. The company also has provided more than 71 million cans of drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since 1988. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
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