NASCAR driver Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity partner to improve a neighborhood
Apr 22, 2015
HICKORY, N.C. (April 22, 2015) – NASCAR driver Michael McDowell joined Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley to help a Hickory homeowner upgrade her home and neighborhood through a unique partnership program called Thrivent Builds Repairs.
Community volunteers, Thrivent Financial representative Paul Henry and McDowell and his racing team came together yesterday to install an accessible ramp and conduct exterior repair, landscaping and painting.
Thrivent Financial is a sponsor of McDowell’s race team, Leavine Family Racing, which fields the No. 95 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  
“I’ve heard a lot about the Thrivent Builds program and I’m excited to finally be able to work alongside Thrivent Financial members and other volunteers to help a homeowner in need of safe, decent, affordable housing,” said McDowell. “The Thrivent Builds partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat is a great example of living generously and our race team is proud to be a part of that.”
Thrivent Builds Repairs upgrades existing homes through projects like installing accessibility ramps, exterior painting, weatherization, porch repair or light landscaping. The program is part of an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. From the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $213 million and more than 4.4 million volunteer hours.
Thrivent Financial’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity brings the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat affiliates. Paul Henry, a financial representative with Thrivent Financial, said, “This program provides us with more options to serve our community. Upgrading existing homes not only makes the homes safer and more efficient, it also cultivates community pride.”
“The Thrivent Builds partnership is helping Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley increase the number of families served in our community by helping home owners stay in their homes,” said Scott Loudermelt, Director of Development. “We are so grateful for Thrivent’s support of our efforts to build homes and repair homes in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing, and we’re excited to involve Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing in this project.”
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar mission partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Christians in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat's largest single source of funding, constructing and repairing more than 4,000 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit ThriventBuilds.com
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously.  We offer a broad range of products and services – including life insurance, annuities and mutual funds – along with guidance from financial representatives nationwide.  For more than a century we’ve helped our nearly 2.4 million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their values.  And we provide opportunities for them to be even more generous where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Habitat Catawba Valley
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley is a non-profit, Christian-based community organization dedicated to building, renovating, and repairs simple, decent, and affordable housing in partnership with hard-working, low-income families in our community.  To get involved with the Habitat mission call 828.328.4663 or visit our website at http://www.habitatcatawbavalley.org.