Construction is expected to begin this fall on Habitat for Humanity homes in Lincoln, Neb.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Raleigh and Salisbury, N.C., part of Schneider Electric North America's year-long “Mission for the Community” program. The company is funding nine Habitat houses covering the cost of the land, infrastructure and materials from its Schneider Electric/Square D Foundation.

The projects also give Schneider Electric employees the opportunity to volunteer on the builds. “The involvement of our people with Habitat for Humanity is a very important part of our longstanding partnership,” says Peggy Gann, Schneider North America's senior vice president, human resources and administration. “The nine builds are in addition to one-day Habitat build events, also sponsored by the Foundation, organized by our people throughout North America working with their local Habitat affiliates.”

As a national partner and a Cornerstone Society member of Habitat's “More Than Houses” campaign, Schneider Electric has donated almost $6 million in value of Square D residential electrical equipment for Habitat homes built in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In 2006, Schneider Electric renewed its commitment by pledging to donate $7 million in Square D residential electrical equipment over the next four-and-a-half years.

“We are thankful for the support Schneider Electric has given Habitat for Humanity, not only in product donations to outfit every Habitat house with Square D equipment but in the hundreds of hours its employees give of their time,” says Jonathan Reckford, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity International.

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