Orbis Corporation, a provider of reusable packaging, was awarded the 2020 Housing Champion Award from Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County.
The award, given annually to businesses committed to the Waukesha County community, recognizes organizations dedicated to increasing the affordability of workforce housing.
“We’re proud of our employees’ commitment to serving the community and honored to receive recognition for our volunteer work,” said Andrea Schwartzmiller, community action team leader at Orbis. “We look forward to continuing our support of local organizations and improving the housing conditions of workers across Waukesha County and beyond.”
Orbis employees volunteered more than 400 hours to build a duplex home in the Waukesha, Wisconsin, community. Nearly 50 employees volunteered at the homesite during the build and helped with framing, interior work and painting. In addition, employees held fundraisers throughout the build, facilitated by the Community Action Team at Orbis, and donated thousands of dollars to Habitat for Humanity and gave supplies to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
“We strongly believe that our business can and should play a positive role in the health and wellbeing of the communities in which we operate,” Schwartzmiller said. “That’s why our Community Action Team has such a strong commitment to serving local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. This award belongs to all of our employees who gave back and made this build possible.”
Orbis is part of Menasha Corporation, which was founded by philanthropist Elisha D. Smith in 1849. With funding made available through the Menasha Corporation Foundation, Orbis has a Community Action Team at each of its facilities to serve the local geographic communities in which its employees live. Each team identifies and selects groups, agencies and causes in its local community that are in need of financial support, time or volunteers.