Joy Global has been named the nonprofit organisation’s Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Corporate Partner of the Year’, following raising and donating $1m.
Joy Global’s president of Americas North Jeff Schmaling accepted the honor on the Milwaukee-based company’s behalf today at Habitat’s annual Blueprint Breakfast recognizing donors, community partners and government officials for their support.
Several other Joy Global leaders were on hand to celebrate the occasion.
"In the past five years we’ve celebrated many milestones in our partnership with Habitat, but seeing the impact of our work together is the most meaningful milestone," Schmaling said.
"From the reduction in crime to the increase in homeownership and property values in the neighborhood we’ve worked on together, you can tell that Habitat’s presence is effecting positive change."
Joy Global employees have volunteered more than 5,000 hours in the past five years to help Habitat build homes in Milwaukee’s Washington Park neighborhood, which is just minutes from the company’s National Avenue facility. The company’s ongoing support of the organization includes a workplace giving campaign, year-round employee volunteer efforts and a supplier golf tournament.
The 2015 tournament, which was held 24 August in Hartland, brought in more than $84,000 through supplier support, contributing to hitting the company’s total of $1 million donated in five years’ time. That investment has helped to build 15 homes, all in the Washington Park neighborhood.
In his comments at the event, Schmaling thanked Milwaukee Habitat for its commitment to improving and transforming local neighborhoods.
"Strong neighborhoods, towns and cities are vital to the well-being of our society and economy," Schmaling said. "And we value organizations that address the community’s immediate needs and build a foundation for the future."