TWC Leadership Chips Away at Cincinnati’s Poverty Rate with Partner Agency, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati
On February 17, 100 leaders from Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and Kentucky broke up into four teams and set out with partner agency Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati to end a major barrier to breaking the cycle of poverty, homeownership.
Three of the four teams rehabbed existing homes (one of them historic) on both sides of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky border in the communities of Forest Park, Pleasant Ridge and Newport as part of the national Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative which encourages affiliates to serve more families and to create more resilient and sustainable communities by offering a variety of services in addition to new house construction.
- At Forest Park, employees removed drywall, wood beams, electrical wire and flooring. They also moved kitchen cabinets and cleaned up the basement and outside for new homeowner, Tynetta Hurdle. When asked how owning her own home will make a difference to her family, Tynetta states that, “It supports ownership and independence. It promotes responsibility and will help my son learn how to build his own home and family as he gets into adult life.”
- At the Pleasant Ridge location, employees sanded and painted the home of the Campbell family. Lanay Campbell was approved as a Habitat for Humanity Partner Family in August 2014. Lanay has 3 children, Tomanique Brown(11), Miss Jimmella Bullock(3) and Jimmell D. Bullock(2). When asked what this opportunity means to her she replied, “Owning my own home means the world to us. This is something we will have forever, even just knowing when my kids become adults, they will always have a home to come back to and make good memories.”
- At the historic rehab in Newport, employees removed studs, did framework, installed blue board on brick exterior, set up scaffolding, removed old joists and removed stone in the basement to open up a crawl space.
TWC employees also built framework for sheds at Habitat for Humanity’s St. Bernard warehouse.
Whether employees helped at onsite builds removing studs or stone to open up a crawl space, painted, sanded, or built framework for sheds at Habitat’s warehouse, the energy and action they demonstrated will go a long way in chipping away at Cincinnati’s 30 percent poverty rate.
“Poverty is a major problem plaguing the Cincinnati area, so it made sense for our leaders to select a project that would address this pressing issue,” says Jack Herbert, RVP of Midwest Operations. “Time Warner Cable and Habitat for Humanity share a commitment to building great communities; our partnership was a natural extension of both organizations' values."
Together, employee leaders booked more than 350 volunteer hours.
This effort is part of a powerful new wave of volunteerism, sparked by Chairman & CEO Rob Marcus during a company-wide leadership ‘day of service.’
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