METLIFE PARTNERS WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO LAUNCH FIRST EMEA COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK
LONDON, May 23, 2016 – MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced partnerships with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity that will provide employees across its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) markets with the opportunity to volunteer in community projects.
MetLife’s 5,000 employees in 26 EMEA countries have been invited to participate in activities with one of the organizations during the region’s Community Service Week, which starts on 23 May. Employees will be able to volunteer at a Special Olympics event to play sports with young people with intellectual disabilities or support local Habitat for Humanity initiatives to build or renovate buildings in disadvantaged areas.
The initiative has been funded by MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of MetLife. MetLife Foundation has a long tradition of supporting initiatives that engage MetLife volunteers in activities that improve quality of life and increase opportunities for the underserved.
Michel Khalaf, MetLife EMEA president and MetLife Foundation board member, said, “We are delighted to be able to partner with Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics. The idea for Community Service Week came directly from our employees across EMEA and demonstrates their commitment and desire to make a meaningful difference in the communities in which we work. Community Service Week offers employees across our EMEA region an opportunity to support their local communities.”
Mary Davis, CEO Special Olympics, added, “This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to do something to promote respect, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Thanks to support from MetLife and MetLife Foundation, this year we have an exciting schedule of events planned and we are delighted by their support for our athletes.”
Greg Foster, vice president, EMEA, Habitat for Humanity International, said, “We are grateful for our partnership with MetLife and the impact its week of service will have in communities across EMEA. With MetLife Foundation’s financial support and the engagement of MetLife EMEA volunteers, we can further our mission to help more families around the world achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2015, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $700 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
About Special Olympics
Visit www.specialolympics.org for more information on Special Olympics.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.