Habitat for Humanity, TransCanada offers family the keys to home ownership
Over the last 30 years, Rochelle Zenon – a single mother to five children ranging in age from 21 to 30 – had at times struggled to keep a roof over her children’s heads.
But since June, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, she now has a permanent place to call home in Lafayette, Louisiana.
“We love the peace in our home now. I don’t need to fear anyone telling my family to get out or telling us that we don’t belong,” Rochelle says.
Habitat for Humanity builds affordable houses alongside partner families through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials. The homes are then sold to the families with no down-payment, no-interest mortgages.
Since 2013, TransCanada’s Columbia Pipeline Group has provided $60,000 to Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, sponsoring three separate houses in the area – including Rochelle’s home – as well as volunteering on site to help with the builds.
“Owning my own home gives me a sense of purpose – it means the world to me,” says Rochelle.
“Now we can visit, have Sunday dinners and my grandkids can sleep over. I hold Habitat in my heart for giving me something I so desperately desired – a home in more ways than one.”
Embracing new beginnings
Similar to Columbia’s partnership with Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, TransCanada has had a long-time commitment to partnering with Habitat for Humanity across North America.
Last year, employees helped a family of three affected by devastating flooding in southern Alberta. Three teams of dedicated personnel worked to build a new Habitat for Humanity home for Kyle and Danielle Gordon in the Town of High River – 45 minutes away from TransCanada’s head office in Calgary.
“Truly caring for our neighbours and for our communities is part of who we are as a company and something we can all be proud of,” says Chuck Moran, Senior Vice-President of Government Relations, Communications and Community Relations.
“Our employees across Canada and the United States have a long history of partnering with Habitat, often rolling up their sleeves to help build homes for partner families so they can have their ‘new beginning.’”
Get Empowered 2016
This month, as part of TransCanada’s third annual Get Empowered giving and volunteering campaign, employees have the opportunity to celebrate their own “new beginning” – as one larger integrated company making a difference in its communities across North America.
As part of the month-long campaign, employees and contractors across the continent will be taking time out of a work day to volunteer at a local Habitat for Humanity house build, in cities such as Calgary, Napanee, Houston, Lafayette, Charleston and more.
The campaign will also include opportunities for employees to support conversation efforts of our non-profit partners, such as building “bee hotels” and creating pollinator-friendly seed packages, in addition to supporting the United Way through a variety of events.
During our 2015 Get Empowered campaign, TransCanada employees and contractors raised over $730,000 for registered charities in Canada and the U.S.; a total of 4,934 volunteer hours were also logged during the month.
Keep up with the month-long campaign by following @TransCanada on Twitter and #TCEmpower to see our volunteers in action.
- Read more about employee giving and volunteering in our 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
- Employees lead the charge in empowering community – Get Empowered 2015 campaign
- Empower: TransCanada’s employee giving and volunteering program