Building a home with a family and enabling home ownership is what motivates many Lexmark employees when volunteering to help build a Habitat House for the Lexington Habitat for Humanity. Lexmark employees, retirees and their families recently began construction of the 20th Habitat for Humanity house in Lexington.
This year’s recipients, Felix Mbaya and Monica Ntumba and their three sons, are working side by side with Lexmark employees to build their new home. The family, who are natives of the Democratic Republic of Congo, spent years in South Africa as refugees before moving to Lexington. Working with Lexington Habitat to purchase a home in 2015 is “a dream come true.”
“We have had a great start to this year’s build,” said Steve Combs, Lexmark volunteer coordinator for the build. “Even though we were rained out one day early on, the Lexmark volunteers have worked hard and we are now actually ahead of schedule. It has been great to see the volunteers working side by side with the Ntumba family and helping them realize their dream of home ownership.”
Lexington Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide by constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. In 2013, Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 25th anniversary in Lexington and recognized Lexmark as the longest-running corporate sponsor for Habitat homes in Lexington.
“Lexington Habitat is overjoyed that Lexmark has chosen to be a legacy partner, serving 20 home buyers,” said Rachel Smith Childress, Lexington Habitat chief executive officer. “We are very grateful for their generous and compassionate support of families in need of a decent place to live and look forward to many more years of partnership.”
In the last six years, Lexmark has focused on bringing energy-efficiency to the homes we help build, such as using ENERGY STAR-rated heating and cooling products, windows, ceiling fans, light fixtures and appliances, as well as minimizing waste and using advanced framing techniques. These and other efforts have helped the homes receive the highest ENERGY STAR New Home certification. It is estimated that the homeowners’ utility costs will decrease 25 to 55 percent because of this certification.
Lexmark employees are encouraged to volunteer and become involved in charities and organizations so we can give back where it’s needed most. Every year, Lexmark employees receive up to three paid volunteer days off to work with qualified agencies.
To find out more about Lexmark’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including our volunteer efforts, go to our Global Citizenship webpage