Vans are important to us, and so is giving back to the community.
Around the world, Mercedes-Benz staff are encouraged to donate one working day a year to charity. This year the NZ team selected to have their ‘day of caring’ with Habitat for Humanity Auckland, an international charity which builds and repairs homes for families living in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Katherine, their Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator shared with the Mercedes-Benz team how "Worldwide, Habitat for Humanity gives families the opportunity to be healthier, happier, and more secure through giving them a ‘hand up, not a hand out’ from poverty housing. An adequate environment fundamentally changes the foundation of a family. More than shelter, Habitat's programmes build stronger families and local communities, improve health, give proper places for children to study and learn, and provide a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty."
Habitat for Humanity also works hard locally, estimating that some 300,000 New Zealand families are living in unacceptable housing conditions due high prices, overcrowding issues and a poor housing stock.
So some 72 staff members pulled on their safety goggles and went to work building sturdy garden shelters which the charity will sell, with the funds being used to support their local and overseas work.
Spread across four days, the Mercedes-Benz crews cut, hammered and painted under the close watch of supervisors to create a collection of shelters.
During their stints on the tools, the 72 not only got to know their workmates that bit better, they also got to learn a lot more about the great work that the charity does to make sure every little bit goes a long way.