April 26, 2015 BestCompaniesAZ

American Airlines Stays Active in Arizona Communities Through Giving

AVONDALE, AZ – 4/26/15 – On Tuesday, April 26th one hundred American Airline employees will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ) at Hillcrest, a Habitat neighborhood located in Avondale.  Spearheaded by Patrick O’Keeffe, American Airlines Vice President PSS & Corporate Technology, this venture demonstrates American’s continued commitment to the Phoenix community.  O’Keeffe said, “Giving back to the community is important to all the employees of American Airlines.  We are fortunate to work for American and giving a helping hand to local families in need is a great privilege.  We feel that there is no better way to help than to provide housing for hardworking families.”

Many of the participants, have been on previous builds – some more than one.  American Airlines and Habitat have been partners for the past twelve years, providing partner families housing solutions.  In that time American Airlines employees have provided over 10,000 volunteer hours to Habitat for Humanity projects. American Airlines initially partnered with Habitat in 1997 and since that time has granted over half a million dollars to support affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.

American is also a Breaking Ground Home Sponsor on the Lepe family home, currently under construction in Central Phoenix. American employees have been out since January working alongside the future homeowner as they build their forever home.  The home is expected to be completed early June, 2016.  O’Keeffe went on to say, “The opportunity to provide decent, affordable housing to individuals and families in need is a true call to action for those who work and live in the community. Unfortunately, good people struggle every day to make ends meet, and it is the duty of those of us who have been more fortunate to give back. There is no more basic need than shelter, and the fact that we can have a hand in providing that is very rewarding.”
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter for local families in need..

About Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona  
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona is a local nonprofit organization that partners with families in need  of  decent, affordable  housing to build strength, stability  and  self-­‐‑ reliance through shelter. This faith-­‐‑based  organization  builds  affordable  housing, improves  communities and revitalizes neighborhoods  and  has  been  serving Central   Arizona since  1985. This  affiliate  of  Habitat  for Humanity International  is  one of  the most  active and is consistently  listed  in  the  top  ten  among  the  nearly  1,400  Habitat for Humanity  affiliates in the United  States.  Habitat  has  completed more than 1,100 homes in the metro Phoenix  area.

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