Aflac Cares: Helping build Habitat for Humanity houses
The process of building a home for a family in need typically takes the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity about a year. But with the help of Aflac employees, contractors and partners, one new house was completed and made move-in ready within a month. Hundreds of volunteers from the insurance company teamed up with the nonprofit organization to complete Aflac's eighth house in its hometown of Columbus, Ga., in September.
"Aflac gets a lot of benefits from partnering with Habitat for Humanity," says Francine Medley, volunteer coordinator at Aflac. "Our employees, first of all, love to come out and volunteer. We had over 12,000 hours of volunteerism last year, and we love to give back to the community however we can."
A Habitat partner family must meet three criteria to qualify for a home: a need for housing, the ability to pay a monthly mortgage, and a willingness to put in 500 hours of sweat equity. The family moving into a Habitat house agrees to be part of the Habitat Partner Family for as long as they own the house.
Because Habitat for Humanity uses the model of volunteer labor, they're able to build a house for far less than the price of a comparable residence, and sell it to the homeowner for the amount it costs to build. Habitat doesn't make a profit on the home; they rely on volunteers to make the model work.
"Aflac's core mission is helping families when they need it most, and that's what we're doing here with Habitat for Humanity and with this family, just like Aflac does for everybody," says Medley. "When you're hurt, we're there, and we're here now helping this family build this house."
Learn more about Aflac’s commitment to the community at aflac.com.