People to People Ambassador Programs, the leader in global educational travel experiences, joins together on a nine home project build for Habitat for Humanity, Spokane on Friday, November 20th. The build at 1600 E. Boone in North Spokane, will produce a five-plex and two duplexes. . For the building projects, 70 employees have committed their time and manpower so that area families will have homes.
"We are thrilled to partner with Habitat Spokane on this local build project, and help give back to our own community," said Peg Thomas, president of People to People Ambassador Programs. "Community service is a key component of our Student Ambassador programs, and we welcome the chance to make a difference here at home. Our wonderful employees are here to show that we extend our service commitment to our corporate culture here in Spokane."
People to People Ambassador Programs announced just last month that the company hopes to surpass the 140,000 community service hours contributed by program participants for the 2009 travel year, and has strengthened the community service curricula within its programs to provide extended opportunities for its student and adult travelers to give back to communities both domestically and abroad.
"People to People Ambassador Group's employees will help break down barriers by showing kindness and compassion to others as they help build homes," said Michone Preston, executive director for Habitat for Humanity-Spokane. "Future Habitat families will be positively affected by working with and getting to know these volunteers. They will be equals working to build a better community."
The company also will work with Habitat for Humanity on a large build program in New Orleans for the new 2010 summer Leadership program called "Remembering Hurricane Katrina," (www.peopletopeople.com/katrina.) to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the devastation and to help rebuild the city."
The "Remembering Hurricane Katrina" program will feature talks from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and his brother; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning - both New Orleans natives. Additional speakers include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and award-winning film director Spike Lee, who created the Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.
During the week-long program, students will receive 60 service learning credit hours for giving back to the city of New Orleans via major large-scale projects. One of the projects is a home rebuilding effort with Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide.