NASCAR driver Michael McDowell joined Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley to help a Hickory homeowner upgrade her home and neighborhood through a unique partnership program called Thrivent Builds Repairs.
Community volunteers, Thrivent Financial representative Paul Henry and McDowell and his racing team came together yesterday to install an accessible ramp and conduct exterior repair, landscaping and painting.
Thrivent Financial is a sponsor of McDowell’s race team, Leavine Family Racing, which fields the No. 95 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“I’ve heard a lot about the Thrivent Builds program and I’m excited to finally be able to work alongside Thrivent Financial members and other volunteers to help a homeowner in need of safe, decent, affordable housing,” said McDowell. “The Thrivent Builds partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat is a great example of living generously and our race team is proud to be a part of that.”
Thrivent Builds Repairs upgrades existing homes through projects like installing accessibility ramps, exterior painting, weatherization, porch repair or light landscaping. The program is part of an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. From the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $213 million and more than 4.4 million volunteer hours.
Thrivent Financial’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity brings the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat affiliates. Paul Henry, a financial representative with Thrivent Financial, said, “This program provides us with more options to serve our community. Upgrading existing homes not only makes the homes safer and more efficient, it also cultivates community pride.”
“The Thrivent Builds partnership is helping Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley increase the number of families served in our community by helping home owners stay in their homes,” said Scott Loudermelt, Director of Development. “We are so grateful for Thrivent’s support of our efforts to build homes and repair homes in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing, and we’re excited to involve Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing in this project.”