Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organisation that helps people in communities around the world build or improve a place they can call home. At IPEX North America, we believe in Habit for Humanity’s vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live, which is why we have partnered with the organisation since 1994, volunteering time and donating products to their projects.
The Bristow-Law Build Project is a Habitat for Humanity build site in the City of Mississauga (Canada). Once a former fire station, the site was sold to the organisation for $1 so it could build four new homes for local families in need of a safe, decent and affordable place to live. We learned about the project through the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and the Electro Federation of Canada, which we are members of, and wanted to do our part to give back to our local community in a meaningful way.
Once the project was brought to our attention, Russ Morgan, VP of Canada Sales coordinated an IPEX day at Habitat and assembled a team of 20 volunteers from our corporate offices. Being able to lend a helping hand and knowing that these homes were outfitted with IPEX piping was very gratifying to everyone who took part in the day. Plus, because our volunteers came from several different locations, the initiative gave many of us a chance to meet colleagues for the first time and forge new friendships.
It was great to see everyone involved come together for such a worthy cause, regardless of their construction knowledge. Moreover, the experience gave many of us a chance to learn how IPEX products are used on actual construction sites. I think all of us were beaming with pride by the end of the day, and the opportunity to live our company values – both in terms of our commitment to care and our ability to connect to win – is something each one of us would gladly accept in the future.