Monday, September 12, 2011

Habitat for Humanity (Build Smart, Breathe Easy) Merck Community Day

Merck Pharmaceuticals allows its employees to volunteer 20 hours of their business hours to a cause of their choice. I am a respiratory specialist and thought it would be a great team building experience for the South New Jersey District. With the support of my customer team leader- we arranged to work a full day on a Habitat for Humanity Site that Merck sponsored. We helped contribute to a Habitat House being built for a family with a young daughter in a wheel chair who suffered from severe Asthma. They made the house Asthma ready and wheelchair friendly. On November 12, 2011 the house with dedicated to the deserving family.

Habitat for Humanity helps low income families purchase a home. They do not give homes away for free. They sponsor the homes with the help of large contributors, such as Merck, and utilize volunteers to help build the home. The family that will live their upon completion will have to dedicate 350 hours to the construction of the home. They begin to understand all that goes into a house and learn how to appreciate the home that they will live in.

After applying for a Habitat Home, completing your 350 hours and agreeing to a mortgage contract (no interest) the home goes to deserving families in need of some help. They have a huge dedication, where all volunteers, management etc are invited! It is a VERY VERY special day for a lot of people. Many many hours of dedication go into building these homes that are catered to the needs of the families.

Merck successfully launched the Breathe Smart Breathe Easy program to help campaign for bettering build homes to lessen the stress of Asthma. They partnered with Habitat for Humanity, HGTV, Asthma & Allergy Foundation and Carter Oosterhouse to help bring awareness to the disease, Asthma.

Asthma triggers means the elements which causes asthma and prove to be harmful for the asthma patients like dust mites, mold, pet dander, fumes etc. Building these breathe friendly homes creates a more sustainable home for affected patients.

I look for ways in life to give back. I encourage all to find ways to give back to society in some way and to make a difference!

For more information please visit Breathe Smart, Breathe Easy LINK

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