Franklin Family Accepts Keys to Nissan-sponsored Habitat for Humanity Home

  Franklin Family Accepts Keys to Nissan-sponsored Habitat for Humanity Home

Nissan employees build their seventh Habitat home in Williamson County

PR Newswire

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov. 8, 2013

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, at a dedication ceremony
conducted by Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, Nissan Vice President
Jon Brancheau presented the keys to the latest Nissan-sponsored Habitat home
to homeowner Annie Dixon. Over the prior five weeks, more than 150 Nissan
employee volunteers helped to build the Dixon home located near downtown

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"Nissan is a longstanding partner of Habitat for Humanity, and its commitment
to building sustainable communities aligns with our corporate vision to enrich
people's lives," said Brancheau. "We are honored to have worked with Ms. Dixon
to build her new home and to have had this opportunity to make such a positive
contribution in our hometown community."

Dixon has a son and a daughter who are attending Middle Tennessee State
University. A Franklin native and lifelong resident, she has worked as a
teacher at the Community Child Care Center off Natchez Street for 38 years.
Since she does not have a driver's license and has relied on public
transportation to get to her workplace, she is excited that her new home is
located within walking distance of her job.

"This is a dream for me and my children, and I plan to settle in this place
for the rest of my life," said Dixon. "'I am so grateful to everyone at Nissan
who has worked so hard to help me. I have peace of mind now, knowing that I
have a safe, comfortable home to take care of and call my own."

The Dixons' home is the 139th home built by Habitat for Humanity of Williamson
County since the organization was incorporated as an affiliate of Habitat for
Humanity International in 1992. This is the seventh house built by Nissan in
Williamson County.

"Community partnerships are the foundation of Habitat's impact and success as
a charitable organization," said Becket Moore, executive director of Habitat
for Humanity of Williamson County. "Our 'hand-up' philosophy of providing
affordable and safe housing cannot be accomplished without the generosity and
support of community-focused volunteers and sponsors.We are honored to have a
corporate sponsor like Nissan, who commits to funding and building a whole
home each year. We are excited about today's dedication; we will be able to
thank Nissan and celebrate Ms. Dixon's future in her new home."

The Nissan-sponsored Habitat home is equipped with many "green living"
features, including low-flowing plumbing fixtures, programmable thermostats,
energy-efficient fluorescent lighting, high-performance windows and ENERGY
STAR^® appliances. These eco-friendly amenities align with Nissan's Green
Program, which supports efforts to reduce the company's impact on the

Funding for Dixons' home is part of the $1.5 million donation to Habitat for
Humanity International made by Nissan in 2013. Nissan is funding the
construction of homes in Arizona, California, Michigan, Mississippi,
Tennessee, Texas and Toronto, Canada. The company is funding grants and
providing Nissan vehicles to 10 Habitat affiliates that make commitments to
sustainable construction practices. Habitat is using a portion of Nissan's
donation to conduct sustainability "summits" for Habitat affiliates and their
local communities. Nissan funding has also supported the annual Jimmy and
Rosalynn Carter Work Project in October 2013, when six Nissan employees joined
more than 500 volunteers to help build or renovate homes in five U.S. cities
during the weeklong project.

Nissan's partnership with Habitat dates to 2005, following hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. Nissan donated 50 Nissan Titan trucks to assist Habitat's response
efforts in the Gulf Coast and mobilized employees to assist in home building.
Since 2006, Nissan has provided cash and in-kind donations of $7.8 million,
and Nissan employees have worked with homeowners across the United States to
help build more than 50 homes.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan
and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at, or visit the media sites and

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9
million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16
billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60
models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the
Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the
first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the
best-selling EV in history. For more information on our products, services and
commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at

About Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County

Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) has partnered
with local churches, businesses, foundations and the public sector to provide
139 hard-working, low-income Williamson and Maury County families with the
opportunity to purchase their own homes. Home construction and neighborhood
development are funded through tax-deductible financial contributions and
in-kind donations from high school students, local businesses, churches, civic
organizations, and individuals, as well as through profits generated from the
affiliate's ReStore. These contributions, along with the labor of sponsor
employees, church members, and other volunteers, enableHabitat for Humanity
of Williamson County to build and sell homes to families who qualify.

Applicants are selected to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson
County based on three criteria: the need for housing, the ability to pay the
mortgage, and the willingness to partner. After a thorough qualification
process, partner families must earn up to 500 hours of "sweat equity" by
completing a homebuyer's education program and working on others' homes and
their own home. HFHWC sells the homes at cost and does not charge interest on
the mortgage loan, which makes the payments affordable. For more information
about our homeownership program, please visit our website at

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is an equal opportunity lender and
is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of
equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an
affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers
to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial
status or national origin.

SOURCE Nissan North America

Contact: Vicki Smith, Nissan North America, 615-594-7198,; Jennee Galland, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson
County, 615-550-5617,
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