Moved by the ongoing crisis in Haiti, Waste Management has made a $50,000 donation to the Florida Marlins “Homes for Haiti” program to support the month-long campaign between the baseball team and Food For The Poor to build much-needed housing in Haiti.
Waste Management, which has more than 500 workers of Haitian descent in South Florida, rallied immediately after the January 12 earthquake to raise $100,000 in emergency aid for Haiti. Now the company has joined the Marlins’ effort to build homes in a country where more than one million people have been displaced.
The Waste Management donation will provide ten two-room homes. The goal of the campaign includes raising funds to build a village consisting of 25 two-room houses and the installation of sanitation and water projects. Food For The Poor homes are permanent, sturdy concrete construction with rebar reinforcements, and strong corrugated zinc roofs. The charity is ramping up its capacity for building, and homes are going up in Pierre Payen, Trou Du Nord, Demier, Chastenoye, Delogner, Gros Chaudiere, Mahotiere, Leogane, and Grand Goave.
Marlins catcher John Baker, along with members of the Marlins’ front office embarked on the first scouting trip to Haiti on July 6 and 7. During their stay the Marlins toured Cap-Haitien, home of the relief project, along with the Shada Community, a town composed of 3,500 homeless families, some of which will be housed by the Marlins project.
The fundraising program will continue throughout the month. The Marlins game against the Houston Astros on August 22 will be sponsored by Waste Management, the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. About 4,500 Waste Management employees and community partners will be at Sun Life Stadium to see the check donation to Food For The Poor.
The public now can also donate to Homes for Haiti by putting on their hard hats to tour the construction site of the New Marlins Ballpark. This innovative front office initiative is part of the “Marlins Ayudan” program and is meant to provide a unique behind-the-scenes experience of the construction site while raising funds for Haiti. The first ten fans or companies to donate $1,000 or more to Homes for Haiti will receive an exclusive behind the scenes New Marlins Ballpark Tour for two people on Tuesday, August 24 at 6 P.M. and a cocktail party following the tour at the New Sales Headquarters from 7:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. In addition, the donor will receive a hard hat with his/her name or company on it, photographs of the tour, a meet and greet opportunity with John Baker and Marlins Executives, as well as complementary refreshments. To make your donation and schedule your tour, please call 305.623.6497.
To make a $10 donation, please visit www.marlins.com/homesforhaiti or text “Haiti” to 25383.