Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.


Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia partners with local Newell Rubbermaid employees to revitalize neighborhood

Twelve hundred employees volunteering at 73 sites in 21 countries for new $1 million partnership and first-ever Global Day of Service

Cumming, GA (June 19, 2013) – Today, 15 local Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE: NWL) employees will be among the hundreds of Newell Rubbermaid employees around the world building homes in partnership with low-income families to start a two-year, $1 million partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. To celebrate, Newell Rubbermaid will host its first-ever Global Day of Service encompassing 73 build sites in 21 countries, as 1,200 employees come together to share their time and talents to improve the communities where they live and work.

“We are excited to participate in the launch of Habitat for Humanity’s new global partnership with Newell Rubbermaid and grateful to them for the donation that is funding this project,” said Colleen Fogarty, Resource Development Director of Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia.

“Through our products and our people, Newell Rubbermaid has long been committed to enriching the lives of the consumers and the communities we serve,” said Michael Polk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newell Rubbermaid. “This is a day our employees can all be proud of as we take a step back from our daily routine to share our passion for our brands and bring them to life through this new partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Collectively, when we each give a little we can help our communities gain a lot.”

Newell Rubbermaid’s two-year, $1 million commitment to Habitat includes cash and gifts-in-kind from its portfolio of brands, including Irwin®, Rubbermaid® and Rubbermaid Commercial Products®. The company also will launch a cause marketing campaign benefiting Habitat beginning later this year.

Global Day of Service projects will take place around the world, including at over 40 volunteer sites in the United States, as well as locations in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Australia, demonstrating the company’s commitment to helping improve the communities it serves. Newell Rubbermaid employees will donate their time and talents to bring the company’s purpose of helping people flourish where they live, learn, work and play to life, working alongside families to build, paint, landscape and weatherize homes as part of Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program. They also will volunteer at Habitat ReStore resale outlets and participate in other local service projects.

Throughout the Global Day of Service, Newell Rubbermaid employees will share experiences as they volunteer with Habitat to improve their communities. To see real-time updates of employee volunteers in action globally via photos, videos and posts – from Melbourne to Shanghai, to Geneva, Sao Paulo and Atlanta – visit, like Newell Rubbermaid on Facebook and follow the company on Twitter, #NewellVolunteers.