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Hyundai donates $50K to Habitat For Humanity of O.C.

Employees participate in a Habitat O.C. Build Day to construct a new home

by Jason WheelerPublished: November 26, 2012 12:05 PM

The Costa Mesa-based Hyundai Motor America joined with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to build homes for needy families earlier this month. With more than 20 Hyundai employees participating in a Build Day on Saturday Nov. 5, Hyundai also announced a donation of $50,000 to Habitat Orange County. This contribution brings the automaker’s total donations to the local nonprofit organization to $335,000 since 2010.

“At Hyundai, we operate under the theme of ‘Moving the World Together’ and we’re determined to make a better future for families through our volunteer work and charitable investment dollars,” said Zafar Brooks, director of General Affairs at Hyundai Motor America. “We have been a long-time partner of Habitat’s and we share in their vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has helped families in need by providing new or renovated homes for 24 years and has built 172 homes in the area. The organization currently has two projects in Santa Ana, which are scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

“It’s always an absolute honor to serve with corporations that are community-minded,” said Sharon Ellis, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. “Hyundai’s enthusiasm for helping revitalize communities in Orange County was evident when Hyundai team members joined Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to build an affordable, ownership home in Santa Ana.”

Frank Ferrara, Hyundai Motor America’s executive vice president of Customer Satisfaction, was appointed a member of Habitat for Humanity’s Board of Directors in 2011. Since that time, he has helped Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to provide more homes for families in need.

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