John Geraghty was one of the winners of this year’s NBMDA annual conference raffle, held to benefit the association’s Education Development Program. Right away, Geraghty, Eastern Sales Manager for Blum, announced he was donating his $2,500 award to Habitat for Humanity Charlotte on Blum’s behalf.
“What a wonderful surprise and gift,” said Phil Prince, director of marketing and communications with Habitat for Humanity Charlotte, when informed of the donation. Blum, a hardware manufacturing company, is based in North Carolina.
“Every penny of Mr. Geraghty’s generous gift will be used to provide affordable housing opportunities for the low-income families we work with in Charlotte.”
The NBMDA’s annual raffle supports distributor training resources. The building products industry faces numerous challenges such as attrition, attracting younger workers and the natural impact of globalization on the labor market. NBMDA is committed to growing, training, retaining and educating the most important asset of the building products distribution industry -- people.
Habitat for Humanity also believes in the value of training and education to promote sustainability. Prospective Habitat homeowners learn construction techniques by helping to build their own energy-efficient homes, and they complete required courses in budgeting and financial management before assuming mortgages.
The Charlotte affiliate is among nearly 1,500 Habitat affiliates across the United States. All affiliates seek partnership opportunities with companies for donations of cash and in-kind goods to create affordable housing in their communities. For more information about partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitat.org.