In March and April, a group of 77 volunteers from Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation and Cat dealer Thompson Machinery spent a couple weekends wearing hard hats and swinging hammers for a great cause in the Nashville, Tennessee community. Cat Financial and Thompson Machinery sponsored four days to build a house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
“It was truly remarkable to watch people come together to support our community and change the lives of two amazing people,” 2016 Habitat for Humanity campaign co-chair Jesse Smith said. The level of engagement and dedication that all of the volunteers showed was so energizing. A huge thanks to everyone who participated in and supported this year’s campaign.”
The house was built for Dominique and her seven year old daughter, Daija. In order to get this house, Dominique was required to put in 200 hours of work – 70 classroom hours and 130 hours building her house and neighbors’ houses.
In total, the group raised more than $30,000 through employee donations, silent auction items and donations from Cat Financial and Thompson Machinery.
“Our 2016 campaign was a hands down success, both from a fundraising and a community building perspective,” 2016 Habitat for Humanity chairperson Tim Silvers said. “All the credit is due to the team of dedicated volunteers, supporters, and our partners at Thompson Machinery. It’s a great feeling knowing that we all played a role in helping Dominique and her daughter Daija live their dream of homeownership and future success.”
Congratulations Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation!