In conjunction with the Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions tour, Georgia-Pacific Corp. and the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour are partnering with Rebuilding Together for the second year on a national effort to provide families in need with safe, healthy living environments.
The 2005 Healthy Homes Tour will work with low-income homeowners to provide free building products and skilled volunteers to repair their homes with help from the Champions Tour players.
On behalf of the Champions Tour, Georgia-Pacific will donate more than $140,000 to Rebuilding Together and its affiliates.
"Rebuilding Together is proud to join forces with Georgia-Pacific and the PGA TOUR to make a sustainable impact nationwide," said Patricia Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Rebuilding Together. "Our organizations are committed to providing resources that promote a positive home experience, especially for the low-income elderly, disabled and families with children."
The Healthy Homes Tour makes stops in select cities where a Georgia- Pacific Grand Champions event is played.
This year, Boston, Baltimore and Atlanta will become the focus of renovation projects that bring together the Champions Tour players, Rebuilding Together and its local affiliates, Georgia- Pacific employees and community volunteers.
"We will mobilize caring people and quality products to help families repair their homes, and at the same time, begin revitalization in their neighborhoods," said Alan Thielemann, Georgia-Pacific's vice president of building products marketing.
"Georgia-Pacific is glad to be a part of this worthy cause and our employees enjoy giving back to the community in this way." "The Champions Tour players fully support this program and look forward to participating in the local rebuilding projects," said Champions Tour president Rick George. "We also applaud Georgia-Pacific for making such a significant commitment to Rebuilding Together's mission."
As projected from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the current 24 million low-income homeowners in the United States will increase to 28.5 million by the year 2010. An increasing number of families are placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities such as food or medicine and a roof that does not leak. Rebuilding Together partners with companies to ensure that families don't have to make these difficult choices, but can make the basic repairs and maintenance needed to have a good home. Georgia-Pacific has supported Rebuilding Together since 1992.