This October, representatives from several KTG companies put on hardhats and grabbed hammers to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity in Kitchener, ON. It was the fourth year that KTG has participated in the Trucking Industry Team Build organized by the Trucks For Change Network.
The day was part of “trucking takeover week” at the Habitat Kehl St. site. Groups of builders from trucking companies in the region come together to improve their community and bond as a team. This year, 48 trucking industry employees volunteered 400 hours and contributed $10,000 to the project.
You don’t know what people are going through, and if they need “a hand up,” I will always have my hand out to help! Compassion and empathy should always be on top of the list when working with any group of people.Tracy Wolfe
Veteran volunteer Tracy Wolf of Mill Creek Motor Freight led our team. “I have learned many things on every build,” said Tracy. “how to properly hold a hammer when framing, measure twice and cut once and safety first.”
Tracy’s has raised $7000 in her four years working at the site. Her teammates this year were Mike Kehl (TransPro), Riley Murphy (Kriska), Tyler Pierce (Service Freight) and Amanda Purchase (Champion Express).
The Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region broke ground at their Kehl Street site in 2013. The 45 homes are 98% volunteer-built and will be completed by 2021. Habitat’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty through homeownership. Studies show that homeowners and their families are happier, healthier, and are more successful at school. Potential homeowners are qualified through a selection process and are required to volunteer for 500 hours. Habitat provides them with interest-free mortgages with payments aligned to no more than 30% of the homeowner’s income.
KTG is proud to contribute to our communities through donations and volunteer time. To quote Tracy Wolfe, “You don’t know what people are going through, and if they need “a hand up,” I will always have my hand out to help! Compassion and empathy should always be on top of the list when working with any group of people.”