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Continental team hammers homes for Habitat for Humanity

July 2017 | Download Article
Continental Girbau and Habitat for Humanithy

Oshkosh, Wis.— Continental Girbau Inc. (Continental) employees recently contributed to a Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) project near the company’s headquarters, in Oshkosh, Wis. Two Continental teams donned hard hats and tool belts in an effort to build an ADA compliant twindominum to accommodate two special needs families, according to Christine Skupus, director of finance administration. “Continental’s Executive Committee has donated financially to Habitat for Humanity for several years, but we wanted to take those contributions a step further,” she said. “As a work family we feel very blessed and wanted to help others who aren’t as fortunate.”

In doing so, the Executive Committee launched a more aggressive and ongoing philanthropic campaign to give back to the Oshkosh area community and those in need. A third group of Continental team members is set to help Habitat again in August.

“One home is being built for a family of five with a teenager with cerebral palsy,” said Skupus. “The other home is being constructed for a single mother with two children under the age of two. Her adopted nephew has sickle cell syndrome.”

Habitat works in 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries and has helped 9.8 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Continental Accounting Clerk Kim Kallas enjoyed working with her co-workers on the project. “It made me feel good to be part of a company that is involved in the community and helping others,” she said. “It was nice to work with others in the company who might not work together on a daily basis. I can’t wait to do it again.”

Already making plans for the holiday season, Continental has launched a company-wide campaign for The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family. This holiday program is designed to assist families who are in crisis as a result of unemployment, homelessness, medical issues or other difficult circumstances, and who otherwise wouldn't have the resources to celebrate the holidays. Families who are adopted are provided with food, clothing and gifts from their sponsors.

“The company has contributed to the program for the past two years,” said Skupus, “but now we are actively getting everyone involved here. We will have fundraisers over the next several months so we can purchase holiday gifts for families in need.”

To find out more about Continental, visit their website or call 800-256-1073. To discover more about Habitat, visit their website. To learn more about the Salvation Army, visit their website.

Continental Girbau Inc. is the largest of 15 subsidiaries of Girbau Global Laundry Solutions (Girbau), based in Vic, Spain. Girbau laundry products – marketed throughout 100 countries worldwide – meet rigorous environmental and safety standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Girbau holds both ISO9001 and ISO14001 certifications. Ever focused on laundry efficiency, Continental Girbau is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGB), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.