Habitat for Humanity
In the United States, Valspar is the national paint sponsor for Habitat for Humanity International, donating more than $35 million in cash and in-kind contributions. Valspar is also the driving force behind A Brush With Kindness, an innovative urban revitalization program with Habitat for Humanity that is transforming neighborhoods by painting home exteriors and providing minor repairs and landscaping for low income families, disabled people, and senior citizens.
Habitat for Humanity International is a worldwide movement that has a presence in nearly 90 countries, including all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. On average, Habitat for Humanity serves a low-income family somewhere around the world every 10 minutes through new house construction, major house rehabilitation projects and with house repairs. In 2007, Habitat served a record 49,000 families in need.
Valspar Helps Habitat for Humanity Reach Milestone: 300,000 houses built
In 1979, when Valspar first became involved with Habitat for Humanity's mission to build houses with families in need and help eradicate homelessness from the world, we never imagined that we would be touching the lives of so many in such a profound and lasting way.
In November 2008, Habitat for Humanity organizations throughout the world celebrated as they marked a major milestone, when construction was begun on Habitat's 300,000th house in Naples, Florida and 300,001st house in Zacapa, Guatemala. Valspar is extremely proud and humbled to have been a part of Habitat's journey that has helped more than 1.5 billion people.
The 300,000th house represents a decade of major growth for Habitat for Humanity, which was founded in 1976. In 2000, Habitat's 100,000th house was built in New York City and 100,001st house in Plains, Ga. Five years later, Habitat dedicated its 200,000th home in Knoxville, Tenn.; and 200,001st house in Kanyakumari, India.