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Anixter is joining forces with Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity to help do something about the growing housing poverty crisis throughout the Chicagoland area. Central to the effort is a major house build event that began Thursday, May 29, alongside busy Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago and continues through Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Twenty Anixter employees will participate in the house build today, Friday, May 30. Booth volunteers will also encourage passersby to “post a selfie” and “like” Anixter on the company’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/Anixter); in turn, Anixter will donate a dollar for every new posting. Anixter employees around the world are also being encouraged to participate in the fundraising.
“Raise Your Hand Chicagoland” is the brainchild of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. The event highlights Habitat’s vision in Chicagoland: to help transform the lives of generations of families and revitalize neighborhoods through homeownership.
“In the Chicagoland area alone, more than 388,000 people are without adequate housing,” said Ted Dosch, Anixter Executive Vice President - Finance and CFO. Dosch is a long-time Habitat supporter and chairs the steering committee for Raise Your Hand Chicagoland.
“We needed a way to bring awareness to the fact that a lot of people are living in substandard housing and, unfortunately, it is occurring all around us,” says Dosch. “The number is staggering — it rivals what occurs during major national disasters, like Hurricane Katrina. Our hope is that this event will raise awareness, funds, advocacy and volunteerism for Habitat throughout Chicagoland.”
Matt Johnson, CEO for Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity concurs. “Our goal is to serve 500 families each year by 2018 in the Chicagoland area. In addition, for each partner family we serve in the Chicago area, we mobilize 300 Habitat volunteers. Serving 500 families annually will create 120,000 new volunteer opportunities each year for supporters to engage in the work of Habitat.”