It’s natural to pause this time of year and reflect on what we’re grateful for – like a warm, comfortable home to live in, for example. Unfortunately for some in our community, a safe and affordable home is a luxury. That’s where project:HOMES comes in.
project:HOMES is a high-impact organization that provides services vital to creating and maintaining stable, long-lasting, affordable housing throughout Central Virginia. Now in its 25th year, project:HOMES partners with the business community to help fulfill its mission of providing quality, affordable housing. Altria Group and Genworth Financial, two long-standing Henrico-based Fortune 500 companies, have worked with the non-profit for decades.
Meeting Goals through Partnership
Altria has supported project:HOMES through the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) for over ten years. Most recently, the partnership has included a challenge for its Philip Morris USA employees. The goal? Build a house in a week. This year’s home was built in Richmond’s Barton Heights neighborhood in just five days and was sold to a military veteran. Learn more. In 2016, Philip Morris USA partnered with project:Homes to build a house on Ingram Avenue.
Volunteering and supporting the community is part of the DNA in Henrico. “project:HOMES works to build strong communities throughout the region by revitalizing neighborhoods and rehabilitating homes," says Greg Ray, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Philip Morris USA. “Like project:HOMES, all of us at the Altria family of companies want to help bring about positive change in our community. Whether it’s through grants from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund or by rolling up our sleeves to help build a new home for a deserving family, we’re proud to support project:HOMES.”
Henrico based Genworth Financial also supports project:HOMES. Genworth hosts regular Wheelchair Ramp Blitzes, during which employees and project:HOMES staff build wheelchair ramp modules that are later installed to provide access for homeowners.
“project:HOMES has been an incredible partner over the past several years," says Carolyn Champion, Genworth, Corporate Social Responsibility Director. “Genworth’s goal is to make the future more secure for families, and project:HOMES does that by improving homes and neighborhoods for people most in need. Genworth employees have had the opportunity to see the positive and lasting impact the organization has in our communities through volunteer projects, such as building wheelchair ramps or installing assistive devices that allow older adults to live safely in their homes.”
Henrico Companies Give Back
Henrico County is fortunate to have a vibrant and growing business sector. While businesses provide the jobs and tax base that help make Henrico such a wonderful place to live, the philanthropic contributions and volunteer hours these companies contribute are not often celebrated. During the holiday season, the Henrico EDA would like to give a big “THANK YOU” to the many businesses who give back so generously.
”Improving Lives by Improving Homes”
Founded in 1992 by Senior Connections, ElderHomes was created to address housing needs of the elderly. Embracing opportunities for growth, ElderHomes began serving low-income families and disabled individuals, as well, and, today, the project:HOMES name and mission, “Improving Lives by Improving Homes,” reflects this change.
In addition to building high-quality, affordable homes in developing areas, the organization administrates critical home safety repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to area homeowners. Its energy conservation work results in hundreds of dollars in savings annually for homeowners and includes air sealing, adding insulation, and upgrading water and light fixtures.