Volunteers from Philips North America gather to support Jersey City community
Jersey City, NJ – SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 – On Wednesday, September 18, Rebuilding Together Jersey City, a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home, is joining together with Philips and its local employees to renovate two Jersey City homes affected by Hurricane Sandy.
More than 30 Philips volunteers will work throughout the day on two homes in the Greenville neighborhood that were inundated with several feet of water after Hurricane Sandy passed through last year and flooded Newark Bay.
Volunteers will make extensive repairs to the walls and floors of a home owned by a retired couple who has lived there for 33 years. Several streets away, Rebuilding Together and Philips volunteers will do similar work in the home of a single retired woman who has lived there for more than 20 years.
“Rebuilding Together Jersey City is grateful to all of the Philips volunteers for pitching in today,” said Joan Parzel, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Jersey City. “Our partnership with the Philips Cares community service program reflects the commitment we both have to helping families in need across the country.”
Philips and Rebuilding Together formed their partnership this year and agreed to collaborate on a series of home and neighborhood revitalization projects throughout 2013 across the country.
Philips Cares is the region’s community service program that encourages employees to give back to the communities where they live, work, and play. Through Philips Cares, Philips employees work together to create healthy, sustainable communities that contribute to the success and well-being of future generations. Through partnerships with local organizations, Philips fosters sustainable communities and makes a difference in the areas that are most important to Philips and its employees; health, education and the environment.
About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our close to 200 local affiliates complete nearly 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.