HONOLULU (April 11, 2022) – Employees from Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) on Oahu united with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a local family in Waimanalo, HI.
In September, Hilton Grand Vacations announced Habitat for Humanity International as the newest partner in its corporate social responsibility program – HGV Serves. HGV donated $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity to support employee volunteerism for new builds in communities across the country.
“Hilton Grand Vacations and Habitat for Humanity have a shared commitment to building strong and thriving communities,” said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and foundation relations at Habitat for Humanity International. “The company’s support, along with volunteer participation from their employees, will make a meaningful impact on the lives of many Habitat homeowners seeking a new path toward stable and independent lives.”
Honolulu Habitat will receive $15,000 from HGV to build and repair affordable homes on Oahu. The funding will support the organizations recently announced 5-year strategic plan.
“This support comes at a critical time for our organization,” said Jim Murphy, CEO of Honolulu Habitat, “The need for affordable housing on Oahu is urgent and collaborations with local partners
like Hilton Grand Vacations are vital to our ability to serve our mission.”
“We’re proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity to forward our shared values and help provide sustainable housing in local communities across the country,” said Jeff Bernier, senior vice president – managing director, APAC & Hawaii at Hilton Grand Vacations. “To celebrate HGV’s 30th anniversary this year, we’re expanding on our commitment to supporting the communities we call home with 30 volunteer and philanthropic initiatives like this home build.”
“Habitat for Humanity has improved countless lives in communities around the world, and we’re honored to support the organization’s critical work here in Hawaii,” said Derek Kanoa, senior vice president, sales at Hilton Grand Vacations. “As we stay committed to our Malama Mindset, this build event helps us malama those in need and sustainably give back to the local community.”
HGV employee volunteers joined forces with Honolulu Habitat on April 8 and 9 to help construct a 3-bedroom, single-family home for a low-income family in Waimanalo. Habitat construction staff oversaw the volunteers and provided training and tools they needed to complete the project. Participants learned new skills while working alongside the Habitat homeowner, Pua Akiyoshi, to build the home.
ABOUT HONOLULU HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1988 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit honoluluhabitat.org.
About Hilton Grand Vacations Inc.
Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. is recognized as a leading global timeshare company. With headquarters in Orlando, Florida, Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a system of brand-name, high-quality vacation ownership resorts in select vacation destinations. The Company also manages and operates two innovative club membership programs: Hilton Grand Vacations Club and The Hilton Club, providing exclusive exchange, leisure travel and reservation services for nearly 330,000 club members. For more information, visit www.hiltongrandvacations.com.
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