Build.com Kicks off Its Year of Corporate Giving with $1,000 Donation to Local Habitat For Humanity Chapter

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Online home improvement company based in Chico, Calif., takes part in home dedication ceremony.

Habitat For Humanity is dedicated to assisting families move into their own homes, when they might not otherwise have. Build.com (No. 80 on Internet Retailer Magazine’s Top 500 List) is the second-largest online home improvement company and helps customers create the home of their dreams.

Bringing the two together creates the perfect match.

On Jan. 28, 2012, Habitat For Humanity of Butte County dedicated new homes to four eager families in Chico, Calif., and Build.com began its year of corporate giving with a $1,000 donation to its local Habitat chapter. The donation’s announcement came at a powerful home dedication ceremony, a Habitat For Humanity tradition that takes place prior to the families moving into their new homes.

“It’s a natural fit for Build.com to help Habitat For Humanity of Butte County,” said Build.com Marketing copywriter, Sean Murphy. “We strive to help people improve their existing homes, and Habitat For Humanity helps to make families’ dreams come true with a home of their very own.”

Build.com, based in Chico, Calif., asked its fans on Facebook to vote which one of five charities (including The American Red Cross and Charity: Water) would receive the donation. Habitat For Humanity was the overwhelming winner, and Build.com chose to help its local chapter.

Build.com will continue making $1,000 donations to worthy beneficiaries through July 2012, each being chosen through a Facebook campaign in which its fans vote. Additionally, Facebook fans can make suggestions for future organizations to be voted on.

By continuing to foster a relationship with Habitat For Humanity of Butte County, an organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for low-income families, Build.com is further strengthening its Northern California roots.

“We look at what the donor wants for their donation,” said Darlene Giampaoli, Executive Director at Habitat For Humanity of Butte County. “Generally, most donors prefer donations to stay local to benefit the community in which they live and work. But others do want to see a portion go to building globally. Both are important to us.”

Giampaoli said construction on two additional houses in Chico will begin March 2012, and that the “Build.com donation will go directly toward the construction expenses” of these new homes.

Build.com’s partnership with Habitat For Humanity extends back to 2010, during a volunteer build. It helped once again in 2011 (with the homes dedicated last month), and will maintain its support in 2012.

About Build.com
Based in Chico, Calif., Build.com is innovating the online home improvement retail space. Build.com creates a unique shopping experience by encouraging customers to visit a diverse range of niche stores within its network. Build.com, the second-largest online home improvement company, is among the online category leaders in plumbing, lighting, door hardware and ventilation. For more information on Build.com, visit the company’s corporate site or its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BuildDotCom.

Contact: Sean Murphy, Public Relations, Build.com, smurphy(at)build(dot)com and (800) 375-3403, x476.

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