Ohio Basement Authority Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity
The Ohio Basement Authority (OBA) team is getting their hands dirty for a worthy cause. As part of the companywide Build Together 2023 initiative, 20 OBA employees assisted in home builds in their local communities.
Groundworks®, the parent company of Ohio Basement Authority, donated $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to support long-term stability through safe and affordable housing. The partnership is part of the Goodworks by Groundworks program that encourages employees to volunteer. 4,400 employees across the country will have the opportunity to volunteer with local Habitat chapters this year.
The Columbus team partnered with the MidOhio affiliate to build a playhouse for a local family in need. The build took place at OBA’s office in Obetz, where employees took part in designing, constructing, and painting the playhouse for Milani (7yo) and Milah (1yo).
This is the second consecutive year that OBA has participated in “The Playhouse Project” which provides children a safe place to play and imagine what home means to them.
“Kudos to the team from the Ohio Basement Authority for the great job they did in completing their second Habitat MidOhio “Playhouse Project”! said E.J Thomas, president and chief executive officer at MidOhio HFH. “We honor their service to our central Ohio community, but in this case, specifically for the two young girls who will enjoy their specially designed playhouse for years to come.”
On September 14, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati had OBA’s help in building brand-new homes for deserving families. Three dedicated OBA employees spent a full day in a College Hill neighborhood where they assisted with wall construction. Their efforts supported two local families in need.
Like many Cincinnati families, Ty, a single mother, rents a home that is unaffordable and has many health and safety issues that have been left untreated. Ty and her three kids lost their long-time home after a previous landlord unexpectedly sold it in the middle of the pandemic, leaving them struggling to find a new one. Ty said, “I am building because my family deserves a secure and safe home to reside. My house will be a safe haven for myself and my family.”
Shay and her five kids are extremely excited to finally call a house home. Her current living situation is too small for her growing family, and she wants her children to have a space of their own. Shay says, “Habitat for Humanity is a program that helped my dreams come true.”
OBA employees were delighted to participate in helping these women build the home they’ve always wanted.
For more information on Goodworks, please visit www.Groundworks.com/Goodworks.
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