MIAMI --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami (Fla.) to make a difference in the lives of local community members.
BKC will sponsor two Habitat for Humanity homes, one in Liberty City and one in Overtown. The sponsorship will make home ownership a reality for two local families.
On July 15, 2009, Anne Chwat, executive vice president and general counsel, and Julio Ramirez, executive vice president, global operations for Burger King Corp., will present Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami with a $75,000 contribution at a commemoration event for the first home. Habitat for Humanity uses donations toward costs associated with building homes, such as purchasing land and building materials.
In addition, that same day, a group of Burger King Corp. employee volunteers will kick-off this community outreach effort by working on the construction of the first home. Approximately 250 Burger King Corp. employees are expected to volunteer over the course of six months to help build both homes.
"Burger King Corp. is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we work and live," said Ivette Diaz, director, corporate social responsibility, Burger King Corp. "We are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity to help hard working families fulfill their dreams and provide them with the opportunity to own a home."
"We are grateful for our continuing partnership with Burger King Corp.," said Anne Manning, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. "Burger King Corp. is not only underwriting the cost of building these two homes, their employees are actually working on building them. They are truly committed to making these homes affordable for the homeowners."
Since its founding in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami has built more than 700 homes in low-income neighborhoods of Miami, including Liberty City, Overtown and Little Haiti.
The BURGER KING® system operates more than 11,800 restaurants in all 50 states and in 74 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. In 2008, Fortune magazine ranked Burger King Corp. among America's 1,000 largest corporations and Ad Week named it one of the top three industry-changing advertisers within the last three decades. Through its BK Positive StepsSM corporate responsibility program, the BURGER KING® system is committed to being a socially responsible brand in all areas of its business – food, people, the environment and corporate governance.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is an ecumenical Christian ministry which builds homes and communities in partnership with low-income families in need of a simple, decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity makes interest-free loans available for the purchase of these homes, and provides opportunities to all people of conscience to support its mission to break the cycle of poverty. This year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is celebrating its 20th anniversary, having built 700 affordable homes since its inception.
Source: Burger King Corp.