Trucking companies and suppliers came together last week to help build hope for families by donating time, skills, talents, and dollars to help construct homes for Habitat for Humanity – Waterloo Region (ON). Build contributions took place over the course of four days and included 50 employee volunteers from seven companies, who helped with assigned tasks such as framing, ceilings, and decks, to name a few. This is the fifth year that Trucks for Change (T4C) corporate teams have come together to assist with building 45 townhome units at Habitat’s Kehl Street location.
“We always look forward to the Trucks for Change build days”, says Maynard Moore, one of the build supervisors with the Waterloo region Habitat for Humanity. “I don’t know why, but we seem to accomplish more than usual with trucking teams”, and further speculated that volunteers from the industry seem to have “brains that are geared for efficiency”.
This year’s contribution adds another 400 hours to T4C’s 1,500+ volunteer hours to the Kehl Street build, along with another $10,000 in financial contributions to fund Habitat for Humanity’s build programs.
“Trucks For Change truly appreciates both the financial and volunteer commitments of this year’s participating companies, who not only allowed, but encouraged staff members to take a break from normal work routines to pick up a hammer or a drill in order to help families build stable futures”, says T4C executive director, Betsy Sharples.
Over the four days, teams of employees from Kriska Transportation Group, Bison Transport, Erb Transport, Challenger Motor Freight, The Tandet Group, Navistar Canada, and Bridgestone Canada learned new skills while building hope for local Habitat families.
Habitat For Humanity’s home-building program helps lower-income, working families by providing the opportunity to purchase their own Habitat homes to help build strength, stability, and self-reliance. Visit Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region for more information, and the T4C website to learn more about the many ways that the trucking industry supports communities across Canada.