NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that the Canyon Corridor Project was named a Merit Finalist award recipient in the 2016 Community Partnership Award competition.
The revitalization of one of Phoenix's oldest neighborhoods is a collaborative effort between Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, a locally run nonprofit that has been serving Arizona since 1985, and Grand Canyon University (GCU), located in the heart of the West Valley community. Started in 2015, their Canyon Corridor Project brings much needed repairs to properties throughout the neighborhood. About 700 homes in the Canyon Corridor have been designated for the project, which offers new windows, painting, landscaping and roofing packages. Habitat for Humanity provides leadership, tools and equipment, while GCU subsidizes a percentage of the projects and provides volunteers to do the home repairs. Working alongside the homeowners themselves are GCU's student, faculty and staff volunteers. "Since January 2015, we've been able to serve nearly 80 families in Phase 1 of the project," said Jason Barlow, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. "The Canyon Corridor Project is a powerful national model for university-community partnerships. Block by block, we're restoring homes, revitalizing neighborhoods and giving West Valley residents a new sense of community pride and optimism." About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 210 partnerships from cities and towns across America. To watch videos of all of the national award-winning programs, visit the official YouTube channel for the Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award. About Mutual of America Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121115/NY13778LOGO