Continental Girbau employees recently contributed to a Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) project near the company’s headquarters, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Two Continental teams donned hard hats and tool belts in an effort to build an ADA-compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act) twindominum to accommodate two special needs families, said Christine Skupus, director of finance administration.

“Continental’s executive committee has donated financially to Habitat for Humanity for several years, but we wanted to take those contributions a step further,” said Skupus. “As a work family, we feel very blessed and wanted to help others who aren’t as fortunate.”

A third group of Continental team members is set to help Habitat again in August.

“One home is being built for a family of five with a teenager with cerebral palsy,” said Skupus. “The other home is being constructed for a single mother with two children under the age of two. Her adopted nephew has sickle cell syndrome.”

Habitat works in 1,400 communities across the USA and in approximately 70 countries and has helped 9.8 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Already making plans for the holiday season, Continental has launched a company-wide campaign for The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family. This holiday program is designed to assist families who are in crisis as a result of unemployment, homelessness, medical issues or other difficult circumstances, and who otherwise wouldn't have the resources to celebrate the holidays. Families who are adopted are provided with food, clothing and gifts from their sponsors.

“The company has contributed to the program for the past two years,” said Skupus, “but now we are actively getting everyone involved here. We will have fundraisers over the next several months so we can purchase holiday gifts for families in need.”

HELPING OUT: Pictured is one of three groups from Continental Girbau to help out at the Habitat site. They are (from left) Joel Jorgensen, Courtney Krepline, Wesley Kraemer, Karen Washebek, Neal Gadzinski, Sarah Griffin, Seth Willer and Kelly Zabel.