VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — Saint-Gobain is contributing employee volunteers and financial support to a revitalization effort in the Overbrook neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Chapter of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, will host Building a Healthy Neighborhood – a three-day community rebuilding effort at 62nd Street and Lancaster Avenue today through Saturday.
“We are grateful for the financial and volunteer support of Saint-Gobain and its employees,” said Carrie Rathman, executive director of Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. “As we strive to create safe, efficient and healthy homes for hundreds of low-income homeowners throughout Philadelphia, we are dependent on socially-responsible corporations like Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed that share a commitment to transforming homes – and the lives of residents.”
With the support of employee volunteers from its contributing sponsors including Saint-Gobain and its largest North American subsidiary CertainTeed, Building a Healthy Neighborhood will yield improvements to nearly 30 homes owned by low-income families, veterans and people with disabilities. Home improvements will include a variety of critical home repair needs, including plumbing, roofing, energy-efficient upgrades, safe rails and doorways, exterior repairs and landscaping, as well as accessibility modifications for people with disabilities. A new playground and repairs and modifications at the community center are also planned.
“With more than 800 employees headquartered in the Philadelphia region, we are committed to applying the power of our people and their building expertise to enhance the communities where we live and work,” said John Crowe, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed. “We believe our participation and investment will benefit local families as their homes conserve energy more efficiently and we are honored to become a part of the fabric of this community through such meaningful work.”