Franklin, Tennessee – Nissan Americas has announced a significant expansion of its longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity International with a US$2.5 million donation.

The automaker is also inviting others to participate through materials in dealerships and an opportunity to donate directly to Habitat’s site or find volunteer opportunities through Nissan’s U.S. consumer website.

“Our relationship with Habitat will lead to new opportunities for Nissan owners and our dealer partners to get involved in future Habitat builds,” said Bill Krueger, vice-chairman of Nissan Americas. “Both Nissan and Habitat are committed to sustainability, so it’s fitting that our dollars will also support sustainable construction practices in Habitat affiliates nationwide.”

Nissan is funding grants and providing vehicles to ten Habitat affiliates that make commitments to sustainable construction practices, and Habitat will use a portion of Nissan’s donation to conduct sustainability “summits” for affiliates and their local communities. Nissan funding will also support the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Haiti next month.

Nissan’s partnership with Habitat dates to 2005, when the automaker donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building in the  Gulf Coast following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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