September 12, 2016 (TYLER, TX) – Employees of Tyler-based oil & gas equipment manufacturer VME are doing their part this week to help provide housing for deserving East Texans in partnership with Smith County Habitat for Humanity.
On Tuesday, one team of VME employees will be working on a Habitat House currently under construction at 1900 S. Fleishel while another team will begin two days of organizing the warehouse at the Habitat ReStore.
According to Danny Saenz, Director of the Habitat ReStore, “We’ve been needing extra muscle and heavy manpower to organize doors, windows, appliances and construction materials. We are grateful to VME for thinking of us and volunteering.”
The United Way of Smith County introduced VME to the work of Smith County Habitat for Humanity last year as VME became a new corporate partner. Nearly a quarter of the company’s employees voluntarily signed up to support United Way agencies through regular payroll deductions and VME was awarded the new company of the year “Ignite Award” by Smith County United Way.
Alex Collins, Director of Development for the United Way of Smith County said, “VME was an obvious choice for our new company of the year award, not only because of their monetary donation but also because of their willingness to roll up their sleeves and volunteer their time. By participating with our local campaign, VME is now connected to a vast network of local nonprofits including Habitat of Humanity. It is a privilege to see how this partnership between United Way and VME is leaving a positive impact on our community and showing us what it means to LIVE UNITED. “
Greg Jean, VME Vice President of Fabrication and General Manager said, “our crew loves to get their hands dirty and make a measurable difference for people in East Texas. After we did some relief work on the ground following the Van tornado last Spring, we’ve wanted to do another project together. Since we’re already helping Smith County Habitat through our United Way giving program, this project is a great fit for all of us.”