At the kickoff of the 2019 NRHA STIHL Foundations of Leadership Conference, STIHL announced a donation of 110 battery-powered lawn mowers to The Fuller Center for Housing. Roger Phelps, corporate communications manager of STIHL, delivered the donation on behalf of the company.
“The Fuller Center is a vital resource for those in need,” says Phelps. “We want to help The Fuller Center’s mission by empowering these families with the products they need to easily maintain their new properties. STIHL battery-powered mowers will allow them to do this at a low operating cost and with virtually zero ongoing maintenance required.”
The Fuller Center for Housing is a nonprofit organization based in Americus, Georgia, that builds and rehabilitates homes for people in need. The Fuller Center partners with community groups and fosters relationships with other service-oriented organizations to accomplish its goals. Since its inception in 2005, The Fuller Center has helped build and rehabilitate homes in 70 U.S. communities and in 20 countries.
Jeff Cardwell, board member of The Fuller Center and president and CEO of Indianapolis-area Cardwell Do-it Best Home Center, accepted the donation on behalf of The Fuller Center. Cardwell says that many of the people who the organization serves are in need of common household tools once they take ownership of their new homes, such as lawn mowers.
“All the houses we build or restore have something in common—a yard, and yards require maintenance. This gift from STIHL will be of tremendous help to these families as they strive to maintain their new homes,” says David Snell, president of The Fuller Center for Housing. “We’ve learned that one new, well-kept home goes a long way towards improving entire neighborhoods, so the benefit of this gift will go well beyond the new homeowner. We are truly grateful to STIHL for this most generous contribution to making the world a better place for us all.”
The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) has a long affiliation with both STIHL and The Fuller Center for Housing. STHIL is a sponsor of many NRHA events and programs, including serving as the exclusive sponsor of the NRHA STIHL Foundations of Leadership Conference. NRHA has supported The Fuller Center and has served on several housing initiatives in the Indianapolis area with the organization.
Learn more about the The Fuller Center for Housing here.