Aluminum Association Awards Habitat for Humanity More than $150,000

Washington, DC - The Aluminum Association is helping communities nationwide lay the foundation for new homes - literally. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, the aluminum industry is helping Habitat affiliates initiate and maintain community-wide recycling programs where money earned from aluminum can recycling goes directly to the local affiliate to build homes alongside families in need.

In 2001, the Aluminum Cans Build Habitat for Humanity Homes (ACBHHH) program awarded grants totaling $180,000 to 25 Habitat affiliates located in communities across the United States. The ACBHHH network has 429 Habitat volunteer affiliate chapters and more than 2,000 recycling centers nationwide with more signing on every day. This increase is in part due to Habitat grants awarded by the industry to initiate local recycling programs.

"The grant program recognizes Habitat affiliates for successfully implementing the can recycling program in their communities along with taking extra steps to establish innovative partnerships and seek sponsorship opportunities," said Steve Thompson, ACBHHH program coordinator. "Affiliates see the most value in this program when they have fostered relationships with businesses and organizations, bringing the entire community closer together as everyone works toward a common goal."

Habitat affiliates in the following communities were awarded national grants in 2001: Fayetteville, NC, $5,000; Yuma, AZ, $11,000; Natrona Heights, PA, $5,000; Knoxville, TN, $5,000; Coeur D'Alene, ID, $5,000; Trinidad, CO, $6,000; Morganton, NC, $20,000; Grand Island, NE. $5,000. Franklin, WV, $5,000; Tullahoma, TN, $5,000; Brighton, MI, $5,000; Milledgeville, GA, $10,000; Conway, AK, $5,000; Manhattan, KS, $5,000; Grand Island, NE, $10,000; Heath, OH, $5,000; Mesa, AZ, $5,000; Covington, LA, $5,000; Oakland, CA; $7,000. West Melbourne, FL, $10,000. Statesville, NC, $5,000; Fort Wayne, IN, $15,000; Trinidad, CO, $10,000; Grand Junction, CO, $5,000; and Phenix City, AL, $6,000.

Last year marked the third year of the grant program. To date, $950,000 has been awarded to 67 Habitat affiliates.

"Our affiliates have recycled more than 750,000 pounds of aluminum cans since the program began in 1997 to build Habitat homes," said Robin King, vice president of public affairs for The Aluminum Association. "In recent years one of every three cans has not been recycled. This represents money that could have been donated to build Habitat homes."

The Aluminum Association, based in Washington, DC, with offices in Detroit, Mich., represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, recyclers and producers of semi-fabricated products. Member companies operate almost 200 plants in the U.S. and many conduct business worldwide.