Dec. 17, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Habitat for Humanity's first-ever fleet of Habitat Mobile Response Units will depart
today to assist communities in
recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Chevrolet donated a total of 24 Express vans including 19 C-20 Panel Vans that will be specially outfitted with tools and equipment donated by Lowe's and the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation in
, on their way to the
metro area. Chevrolet also donated five 15-passenger Express vans.
"The Habitat Mobile Response Units are an exciting new offering from Habitat for Humanity that will assist families who need help with critical home repairs," said
, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. "With winter upon us and many families in need of support, these response units will facilitate our efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are immensely grateful to all the volunteers who will work alongside these response units this week and in the months ahead, and to Chevrolet, Lowe's and Bosch for their generous donations."
Habitat's "Repair. Rebuild. Restore." effort to assist with the long-term recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Sandy is underway and will provide families in need with critical home repairs, rehabilitations/reconstruction, weatherization and new construction.
Upon its arrival, the Habitat fleet will immediately be put into service in
Staten Island, N.Y.
Union Beach, N.J.
, where volunteers will be working to help rebuild affected communities. On Thursday, the mobile response units will be deployed to a dozen Habitat affiliates in the greater
metropolitan area to carry out extensive clean-up and repair efforts.
"As the initial reports of Sandy's devastation recede from the headlines, now the hard work of recovery begins to help affected communities and people get back on their feet," said General Motors Chairman and CEO
. "The Chevy Express vans are the just the right vehicles to carry the people and tools to get the job done."
"In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the whole country witnessed the power of people joining together to help others in need," said
, Lowe's director of community relations. "As Lowe's continues to support the long-term recovery of those affected, we recognize that collaborating with our national partners like Habitat expands the assistance we can provide to our neighbors in the Northeast."
"It is not often enough that Bosch is able to make a difference in people's lives on such a large scale," said
, president and CEO of Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. "We are grateful that we have the right resources to help the victims of Sandy rebuild their homes and their lives, and we are honored to partner with Habitat for Humanity, Lowe's and General Motors to bring support and renewal to those recovering from the storm."
Following the storm, Habitat for Humanity International launched a multi-phase response to help affected communities. This effort includes a range of services that will address both the short-term and long-term need for safe and decent housing. To make a donation to Habitat for Humanity, please visit
About General Motors Co.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel,
and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at
Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company's signature education grant program,
Lowe's Toolbox for Education®
, has donated nearly
in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006.
employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as
Habitat for Humanity
American Red Cross
. In 2011, Lowe's and the
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
together contributed more than
to support communities in
the United States
. To learn more, visit
About The Bosch Group
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. More than 300,000 associates generated sales of
51.5 billion euros
) in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal year 2011. In the U.S.,
, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of
in fiscal year 2011. For more information, visit
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit
, or follow us at
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