U.S. Energy Group Joins Residents, Management of Brooklyn Community in Fundraising Effort for Haiti
- Feb 08, 2010
New York–The U.S. Energy Group, TedPin Realty and Metropolitan Property Services, Inc., have all come together for a fundraising effort that will support Habitat for Humanity International’s work in Haiti.
For four weeks beginning this month, the residents of 180 East 17th street in Brooklyn, N.Y. will hold a fundraising drive, writing checks directly to Habitat for Humanity International. The management, as well as the U.S. Energy Group, will match the funds, up to $50 per contribution. A chart in the lobby of the building will track the fundraising progress throughout. Many residents in the six-story, 90-unit building, as well as neighbors in the larger community, have family and friends directly suffering the effects of the tragedy.
Jerry Pindus, CEO of U.S. Energy Group, tells MHN, “We have equipment in 180 East 17th street. We also have Haitian employees who have families in Haiti so it’s an issue that’s very close to him. That’s why we jumped in.” Pindus explains that they hope to raise about $5,000 to $10,000 by the end of the month.
The building is located in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, which happens to have a large Haitian community.
“At a time like this, I think all of us want to get together and do something. I hope people read about this and are encouraged to do something similar,” adds Pindus.
The recent earthquake has devastated Haiti, and it is estimated that at least 100,000 people have lost their lives and one million people have been affected. Habitat for Humanity International has been working with Haiti for over 26 years and is positioned to lead in the rebuilding efforts.
“Habitat’s mission and response in Haiti is so crucial,” states Ben Schwartz of Metropolitan Property Services, Inc. “The country needs to rebuild and the residents of 180 East 17th Street want to make a tangible difference.”