When I joined Celanese in 2005, never did I expect to learn, of all things, how to build a house. Eight years and eight homes later, and I can truly say that volunteering has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. It’s not every day that you can have a significant part of making someone else’s life-long dream come true.

Celanese and Habitat for Humanity have been working together to improve the lives of families since 2005. During our partnership, Celanese has donated over $325,000 and 7,500 volunteer hours. Between 2008 and 2011, Celanese helped to build several homes in the Highland Hills neighborhood of South Dallas. During that time I was able to experience the neighborhood transform from just a few houses to a community of over 100 families culminating with a newly expanded middle school. One of the most fulfilling experiences of volunteering was returning to these neighborhoods, visiting with the families, and hearing first-hand the impact we had on their lives.

This year’s building project was a little different from past homes. This year Celanese sponsored the entire home; in other words, Celanese volunteers built the entire house over 8 separate days.

Several Celanese executives chose individual work days and encouraged their team members to join them at the build site. To wrap up this year’s home build, Celanese CEO and Chairman Mark Rohr along with the City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings presented the keys to the grateful new homeowners during a dedication ceremony.

I am already looking forward to next year’s build. I hope you will join us next year in building a brighter future not only for a deserving family, but a brighter future for the community we belong to.