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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Some Mars employees from the Albany plant traded their snack making equipment for hammers and paint brushes Wednesday.

It's part of a $100,000 partnership between the Combos Brand and Habitat for Humanity. The company is supporting several home builds across the United States including one Wednesday in Americus.

Organizers say all it took was announcing the partnership to have a line of employees willing to donate their time. Wednesday 25 employees braved the heat to give back to someone they've never met.

It wasn't the typical day of work for Mars employees. They've gone from Combos to condos or a Habitat for Humanity house as it was.

"Mars Chocolate North America and all of Mars incorporated takes our communities very seriously so this is just a great example of one of the things were doing," said Lauren Nodzak, Mars Chocolate North America spokesperson.

Along with a Volunteer Day at Mars plants across the world. Combos has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and brushes in hand employees were anxious to help.

"It builds pride and esteem and makes us feel like we're doing something for people who really need it and it shows love and spirit," said Paul Woodall, Combos volunteer.

A partnership the New Horizon Habitat Chapter was quick to accept, especially since 25 hard working, skilled, volunteers aren't easy to come by.

"Just one day means a lot, we get a lot accomplished when we get corporate sponsors of this nature," said Joe Kellam, New Horizon Habitat for Humanity Executive Director.

A corporate sponsor willing to put in the sweat equity it take to transform a community.

"This whole neighborhood is New Horizon houses that were built by the community and of course corporate sponsors and the sweat equity of the home owners," said Kellam.

Teaching employees a little bit about their co-worker.

"Learning how to work together, thinking out side of the box, quite different than what we do at work altogether," said Woodall.

Showing one brush stroke, a few nails, and a little noise can make all the difference. Because of the economic conditions Habitat chapters say corporate sponsors have been harder to come by these day and they're thankful to Mars for stepping up and hope other will follow their lead.

New Horizon Habitat for Humanity will hold a Women's Build the first week in May to finish the inside of the home and turn it over to the new owner Minnie Pearl Allen, her daughter, and three grand children.

If you'd like to make a donation to Habitat or become a corporate sponsor you can contact them at (229)928-9577.


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