NAHB to Work With Charity on Building Material Donations
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, food, water, medicine and emergency shelter dominated the urgent needs in the Gulf Coast region. Now that recovery efforts are directed at rebuilding, members who have expressed interest in donating products or building materials are encouraged to join NAHB’s industry-wide effort to donate needed material through Gifts In Kind International.
Gifts In Kind serves as a donation conduit between for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations in order to benefit communities in need worldwide. The charity takes donations from companies, including 44% of the Fortune 500, and then matches those donations to a network of 200,000+ registered charities worldwide so the specific help and material gets to where it is needed most.
Your Donations Will Reach the Gulf Coast
Now focused on the Katrina relief effort, Gifts In Kind has developed a coordinated donation process by assessing needs not only in areas affected by Katrina but in areas servicing evacuees.
More than 30 distribution centers managed by local Gifts in Kind programs are now accepting product donations and distributing them to local agencies. So far, more than 150 truckloads of products have been distributed.
NAHB members have the ability to work with Gifts in Kind not only to donate materials to the Gulf Coast region, but also locally or regionally based on need, goals of the donor company or future disasters.
Gifts In Kind is seeking plumbing and electrical materials, sheet rock, roofing, insulation, 2x4 framing, doors, windows, cabinets, sinks, toilets, etc., but all building materials can be used and are being accepted.
Why You Should Donate Through Gifts In Kind
Not only will you be able to help others by meeting specific needs, you and your company gain positive recognition from your donation. In addition, you also could earn a tax deduction of up to twice the value of the merchandise donated.
Several NAHB members, including Sears and Maytag, already are working with Gifts in Kind. However the charity can accept product donations both large and small.
Also, coordinating product donations industry-wide will enable NAHB to aggregate the generosity of members and enable the federation to shine a positive light on the industry’s philanthropy.
To donate, complete Gifts In Kind’s Product Donation Agreement and fax it to Doyle Delph at Gifts In Kind at 877-798-3192.
Please Note: During times of natural disaster, Gifts In Kind International requests that donors cover the shipping costs of their donated products in order to eliminate any fees involved in serving communities devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
For more information about Gifts In Kind International’s efforts, visit www.giftsinkind.org/katrina.asp or e-mail Kym Kilbourne at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8447.