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UTC and Habitat for Humanity team up to do big things

Employees lend a hand and make a difference in the lives of others

April 18, 2018

UTC and Habitat for Humanity team up to serve communities.
UTC and Habitat for Humanity team up to serve communities.

United Technologies has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity for more than 25 years, sponsoring more than 150 homes in North America, the Philippines and South Africa. In 2017, Carrier donated more than 500 ductless units to more than a dozen Habitat chapters nationwide.

Employees from across the company have also organized teams and volunteered thousands of hours to work on Habitat homes, lending a hand and making a difference in the lives of others.

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Over the past few weeks, UTC employees have volunteered to help build a three-bedroom home for Leesa Brown and her grandson Isaiah in Palm Beach County, Florida. 

“Habitat is honored to have the support of a global corporation, with a thriving local presence like United Technologies,” said Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County’s Chief Executive Officer, Bernie Godek. “They not only provide valuable financial support to enable us to further our mission, but they also provided many teams of enthusiastic employee volunteers to help build the Brown family's home and give them a brand new life.”

“Our particular team is a close knit group of individuals who have mutual respect and admiration for each other,” said Nanci Batista, senior executive assistant, UTC Climate Controls & Security. “The great vibe we all share and willingness to participate in projects like Habitat for Humanity is due in great part to our leadership. The energy of our group is only enhanced by coming together as volunteers.”

Kelli Baker, director, global procurement and sourcing, UTC Climate, Controls & Security agrees that this type of volunteer event contributes to team morale and collaboration, with the added benefit of helping neighbors in Palm Beach County.

“There are not many other times in life where a day of hard work can be so much fun and so rewarding! As new members of the Palm Beach community, it felt great to participate in a cause that will truly help turn people’s lives around,” she said.

“Leesa [Brown] was beaming with positive energy; she introduced herself to everyone, asked each of us our names, personally thanked each one of us for our time and hard work and was eager to take a photo with our team so she could remember the volunteers that helped make her dream a reality,” Baker added.

United Technologies is focused on creating real and sustainable change in the communities where we live and work. Working with organizations like Habitat for Humanity allows employees the opportunity to see the impact of their work right away, and to have an immediate and long-lasting effect on those in need.

Have you participated in a Habitat for Humanity build? Share your photos on social media with #buildingpossible.