London 30/05/17- This month MetLife renewed its regional partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and celebrated with projects across the region during its Community Service Week, beginning on May 15.
The partnership, funded by the company’s philanthropic arm, MetLife Foundation, will engage employees working alongside homeowners and community members in Habitat homebuilding, home renovations and community renovation projects in Bulgaria, Egypt, England, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Poland and Romania.
“The idea for Community Service Week came directly from our colleagues across EMEA. More than 750 employees in 21 markets across EMEA volunteered last year and told us that they want to do more this year with Habitat for Humanity,” said Michel Khalaf, MetLife EMEA president and MetLife Foundation board member. “Community Service Week offers them a fantastic opportunity to give something back to the communities they work in.”
During Community Service Week, teams of ten volunteers per day will be doing general garden maintenance and replacing the current slippery walkways with safe non-slip decking. Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground in Kennington, is a fun and safe place for play, for children with impairments and their families. During the second week MetLife volunteers will be painting and decorating a Housing for Women Refuge, helping to make the communal areas, stairways and hallways brighter, homely and more welcoming for the women living there.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with MetLife for a second year,” said Gareth Hepworth, executive director of HfH GB Homes “Through this event, we are able to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission in London.”
MetLife Foundation has a long tradition of supporting initiatives that engage MetLife volunteers in activities that improve quality of life and increase opportunities in the communities they serve.
About Habitat for Humanity GB Homes
HfH Homes is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International which is a global Christian charity devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing in more than 70 countries World-wide. HfH Homes was founded in 1996 (under the name Southwark Habitat for Humanity) by a group of local people who were concerned about housing in London and were passionate in their belief that communities needed to be active in providing solutions to the housing problems they face.
Our focus is delivering decent affordable homes, involving the local community to bring wider social benefits. Habitat for Humanity Homes (HfH Homes) is a house-building charity based in London and working in Great Britain. We are experienced in managing skilled and unskilled workers and volunteers on construction sites to produce quality outcomes.
We have since grown into a successful charity that has completed over 106 affordable homes in London, Banbury, Liverpool and Eastbourne, with another 18 in development by the end of 2017. In addition to this we carry out a range of community projects which have impacted over 450 people living in supported accommodation in London by improving the environments in which they live.
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), 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.