Partnership supports MetLife’s first Community Service Week across Europe, Middle East and Africa
ATLANTA – May 24, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — MetLife today announced a regional partnership with Habitat for Humanity to launch its first Community Service Week, starting May 23, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, or EMEA.
The partnership, funded by MetLife’s philanthropic arm, MetLife Foundation, will engage employees in Habitat for Humanity homebuilding and community renovation projects across Bulgaria, Egypt, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom.
“The idea for Community Service Week came directly from our employees across EMEA and demonstrates their commitment and desire to make a meaningful difference in the communities in which we work,” said Michel Khalaf, president, MetLife EMEA. “Our Community Service Week offers employees the opportunity to support their local communities and we are delighted to be able to partner with Habitat for Humanity.”
MetLife’s Community Service Week in EMEA represents a significant expansion of volunteer engagement with Habitat for Humanity. MetLife Foundation has supported Habitat for Humanity’s mission for almost 30 years, with MetLife employees around the world engaged as volunteers. Between 2013 and 2015, more than 2,000 MetLife employees volunteered 14,000 hours on Habitat for Humanity projects.
During the week, employees will participate in a variety of renovation and construction projects including demolition, painting, plastering, pouring foundations, cleaning, landscaping and updating fixtures.
“We are grateful for our partnership with MetLife and the impact their week of service will have in communities across EMEA,” said Greg Foster, vice president, EMEA, Habitat for Humanity International. “With MetLife Foundation’s financial support and the engagement of MetLife EMEA volunteers, we can further our mission to help more families around the world achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity 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 habitat.org.
MetLife, Inc., through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2015, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $700 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. Today the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.