NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, August 19th, 2015– Teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County, Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Engineering & Technical Operations is helping to build a home for a local Middlesex County family in need.
Johnson & Johnson has generously donated $10,000 to the Highland Park home. Later this month, a team of volunteers from Johnson & Johnson’s Engineering and Technical Operations group from the New Brunswick campus will volunteer in constructing the home. Due to this partner sponsorship from Johnson & Johnson, the Esteves family of Sayreville will soon move into a new home after they were displaced by Hurricane Sandy almost three years ago.
“It is only with the support of community partners like Johnson & Johnson that Habitat is able to fulfill its mission,” comments Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, Executive Director at Habitat of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County. “This partnership highlights the diversity of support that Habitat receives to build more homes for hardworking and deserving families.”
Corporations and volunteer groups are drawn to the 'Habitat Experience' for local community involvement not only because of the urgent need for affordable housing in the local community, but also for the extraordinary hands-on opportunity that Habitat provides.
Individuals, corporations and foundations can chose to fully or partially fund a Habitat home to help a local family in need. House sponsors help offset the cost of Habitat homes to varying degrees and are integral in fulfilling Habitat’s mission.
“At Johnson & Johnson, our Credo states our responsibility to care for the communities in which we live and work,” says Marlyn Barrett, Manager, Performance Management, who played a key role in coordinating this partnership. “By partnering with Habitat, we are living up to our commitment in a way that enables a family to have a safe, healthy and affordable home. We are grateful to be part of such a meaningful project.”
Construction on the Highland Park home began in May 2015, and the work is well on its way.
Throughout the 10-month build cycle, volunteer groups work on construction from the first steps of digging foundations all the way to the final tasks of painting and landscaping.
This effort was sponsored by Jim Breen, Vice President, Worldwide Engineer & Technical Operations and Beverley Farrington, Senior Director, Global Facilities-Center of Excellence, and managed by the planning team volunteers: Marlyn Barrett, Manager, Performance Management; Mike Spishock, Senior Site Manager; Nancy Sickles, Business Analyst.