Outstanding Business in Philanthropy - Greensboro
Nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro
Gilbarco Veeder-Root is truly impacting their community by helping families become more stable, healthy, and independent. Since 1865, Gilbarco has manufactured the world’s leading fuel and convenience store equipment and technology. Gilbarco first partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro in 2008 with a gift of $5,000 to help fund the “Blessing of the Build” kickoff event for the new Arbor Court Townhome Community. Gilbarco helped sponsor two of the townhomes in Arbor Court, and in 2012 partnered with Volvo Financial Services to sponsor the 400th Habitat home built by the Greensboro affiliate. In 2019, they partnered with Columbia Forest Products on the home for Habitat Greensboro’s 500th partner family.
Gilbarco has also committed valuable human resources to support Habitat’s mission. During their first partnership build in 2008, the Gilbarco management team saw how their employees engaged with the Habitat Greensboro homeowners as they worked alongside them on the construction site and realized this was more than a team-building exercise. Year after year, their commitment to Habitat grew as they increased their sponsorship levels to allow more staff members to have an opportunity to volunteer. The company also allowed employees to spend regular weekday work hours on-site, recognizing that corporate philanthropy meant dedicating Gilbarco's labor force to Habitat, and not just asking employees to give up their weekends to volunteer.
In total, Gilbarco has donated $363,000 and co-sponsored 12 homes, which has allowed those families to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through home ownership. Gilbarco’s impact on affordable housing means much more than just helping build 12 homes, because Habitat’s homeowners housing costs are guaranteed to be less than 30% of their monthly income. These families now have more money to spend on healthcare, food, utilities, clothing, and school supplies.
When companies like Gilbarco make a strong commitment to their community through projects that engage employees on company time, the impact is far reaching.
Congratulations to Gilbarco Veeder-Root, the Triad's 2020 Outstanding Business in Philanthropy - Greensboro.