Meet Our Sponsors
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity could not fulfill its mission of ending poverty living without the generous donations from partners like these who demonstrate their commitment to community.
7-Eleven and the Brown family have been faithful friends to COHFH, and to limited income families, for more than 15 years. Their kindness and generosity have made a significant and lasting difference in the lives of many families in central Oklahoma over the years.
7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma has fully funded in excess of 20 homes, partially funded many more, and has even contributed to the cost of development of raw land. COHFH is sincerely grateful for the continued commitment of this community partner.
Access Midstream demonstrated its community spirit by donating more than $400,000, part of which went to COHFH, to statewide recovery efforts following the May, 2013 tornadoes.
Access Midstream, along with their partners at Williams Companies and Global Infrastructure Partners, donated more than $400,000 to the 2013 tornado recovery efforts in Oklahoma with $90,000 going to COHFH. More than 160 Access employees donated time to the project, totaling more than 800 volunteer hours. “It’s an example of our commitment to make a difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Mike Stice, CEO of Access Midstream.
All Souls’ Episcopal Church
All Souls’ Episcopal Church builds a home in honor of longtime Habitat supporter Jim Easter, a deacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Easter was ordained in July of 1968 and has been on staff at All Souls’ Church in Nichols Hills for the past 10 years. “Deacon Easter is a respected counselor and preacher, and although he is 83-years young, in no way does he think of himself as retired,” said the Rev. Bright.
According to Ann Felton Gilliland, Chairman and CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat, Easter is a tireless volunteer and supporter. “For more than 20 years, Jim has worked tirelessly to support our cause and volunteer in any way he can,” Felton Gilliland said. She added, “He has been giving at least two days a week of his time to help build homes for Oklahomans in need. He truly is a blessing to us.”“We are proud of the Central Oklahoma Habitat program and believe it to be one of the best avenues to provide others a helping hand into a new home and a more secure family life,” the Rev. Bright said. “We ask God’s continued blessing upon the family, the building of their home, and the ongoing work of Central Oklahoma Habitat.”
American Red Cross
It is a great pleasure to partner with the American Red Cross. Due to multiple grants received from The American Red Cross, Oklahoma City, our limited-income homeowners receive much needed critical home repairs to existing homes, or the home of their dreams with the added security of storm shelters for their safety for Oklahoma’s always unpredictable weather.
B & H Construction, LLC
Construction in the drilling of our geothermal wells on each of our homes in an effort to keep energy bills low for Habitat families!
Bank of America
Bank of America, which has been a strong supporter of the COHFH mission through its monetary donations and volunteer efforts, now also donates foreclosed homes for renovation.
COHFH has always been appreciative of Bank of America’s community efforts as they fully funded homes and volunteered on the construction sites. By donating foreclosed homes for rehabilitation, Bank of America has provided yet another way for more low-to-moderate income families to become homeowners.
Blueknight Energy Partners
New COHFH community partner Blueknight Energy Partners helped Central Oklahoma Habitat build by providing more than 65 volunteers and a monetary donation to partially fund the house.
“Blueknight is honored to partner with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, one of Oklahoma’s finest humanitarian organizations, in the framing and development of a home for this special family”, said Mark Hurley, president and CEO of Blueknight Energy Partners. Hurley also stated, “I am proud of our team members who came from all over the state to assist in the project as they exemplify Blueknight’s commitment to the community through their service.”
COHFH has so much to be thankful for, especially its volunteers, and for donors such as BP that help us show our appreciation for community efforts.
Each year COHFH hosts its faithful supporters at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which would not be possible without event underwriters. BP helps provide the funding that allows us to say “thank you” to those who help us build affordable housing for limited-income families.
Burns & McDonnell
“Through the generous support of our employee-owners in the Oklahoma City office, we are delighted to make this donation to a worthy cause in the communities where we live and work.”
~ John Olander, Vice President and General Manager Transmission & Distribution and Julee Koncak, Director of Community Relations
Josh Evans and Clayton Boaldin present Christi Roney of COHFH with a check.
Buy For Less
The Buy For Less motto may be “Get More!” but the local grocer has been known to give more to limited-income families through the COHFH affordable housing ministry.
For more than five years, Buy For Less has not only provided funding and volunteers to help COHFH build homes, but they have also given every new Habitat homeowner the gift of groceries as a housewarming present.
Central Oklahoma Home Builders Women’s Council
Central Oklahoma Home Builders Women’s Council is a long title for an organization that represents women in the home building industry in central Oklahoma. Fortunately for COHFH that long title comes with a long history of women supporting the Habitat mission.
This generous organization has presented mailboxes to every Central Oklahoma Habitat homeowner for more than 25 years.
Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association
COPA is a group of “Tropically minded and latitudinal challenged” people. They have been called “angels in tropical shirts” by those who have benefited from their charitable giving, including COHFH.
Their motto is “party with a purpose!” and COPA’s purpose is to serve local and global communities as a service based organization.
COPA, and their fun loving crew, serves the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. People who enjoy the writings and music of Jimmy Buffett, other “Trop Rock” artists, and the tropical and laid back lifestyle come together to raise funds for various organizations, including COHFH.
COPA pitched in to help residents of central Oklahoma following the May 2013 tornadoes with funding for relief and new home construction.
Visit their website (http://www.copa-nut.com/index.html) for information about their next tropical fundraising event.
Chaparral Energy, a long-term COHFH partner, has been a steady supporter of its community through corporate and employee efforts to provide affordable housing for limited-income Oklahoma families. Chaparral employees have volunteered their time, and the corporation has donated funds to make the dream of home ownership come true for several Oklahoma families.
Christ the King
With a history of giving, Christ the King Catholic Church is a true gift to its community.
Many people expect to get a gift on their anniversary, but it wasn’t COHFH’s anniversary when Christ the King Catholic Church presented us with a gift. In 2013, the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their church building, church parishioners made a donation (not their first) large enough to fully fund a house, as well as providing volunteers to build it in only eight weeks. We know from their years of dedicated giving and volunteering that this parish is filled with a generous spirit and a heart for service.
Oklahoma City-based ClimateMaster, the world’s largest manufacturer of water source and geothermal heat pump systems, has partnered with Central Oklahoma Habitat for many years, celebrating their 300th home in 2013.
ClimateMaster donates and installs its energy saving geothermal heat pumps in each new home, making Central Oklahoma Habitat one of the most energy efficient builders in the state of Oklahoma. Geothermal units use the earth as a natural energy source to heat and cool structures. The result is a long-lasting, low maintenance, high-comfort, low-noise system.
“Without support from the corporate community companies like ClimateMaster, Habitat’s mission would be greatly hindered,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, Chairman and CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. “ClimateMaster has stepped up to the plate in a big way and I’m very appreciative of their generosity and of the active role they have taken in supporting this project.”
Continental Resources is supporting its community by sponsoring two homes for families affected by the May 2013 tornados in Moore. They have not only fully funded construction of these homes but have also provided the volunteer manpower to physically build the homes as well.
“We’re thankful for Oklahoma corporations such as Continental Resources that partner with us to provide families with a new start,” said Ann Felton, Chairman and CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat.
Crossings Community Church
Following the May, 2013 tornadoes a Bethel Acres couple received keys to a new home, one of many, built with funds and volunteers from Crossings Community Church.
The church congregation and staff worked together and raised money to provide the funding to help build several homes for those affected by the May, 2013 tornadoes. They also provided the needed volunteers to turn a slab of concrete into a fully functioning home.
“Crossings’ members have a passion to make a difference in the community, a direct result of love, compassion and forgiveness they received through Christ,” said Jeff Stewart, senior associate pastor and director of Crossings’ disaster relief team. “it is our privilege and honor to serve families of Oklahoma City and beyond.”
Well known as one of the world’s leading independent oil and gas exploration and production companies, and one of Oklahoma’s largest corporations, Devon Energy is well versed in providing energy to communities.
Devon also puts its energy into serving its community by helping fund Habitat homes, and by lending a hand on the construction site as well. Devon Energy is a valued Central Oklahoma Habitat partner, and we are grateful for the continued support of the company and its employees.
Dow Chemical and Habitat for Humanity recognize that affordable housing is one of the world’s most pressing challenges, and together have been building great homes and changing lives since 1983.
Dow was Habitat’s first corporate partner and for more than 30 years has provided financial, volunteer, and product contributions. Dow’s commitment and contributions reach beyond science and technology to embrace the Human Element and to help provide sustainable, affordable housing to low-income families. Dow lends support to Habitat in many ways, including house sponsorship, product donation and employee volunteer work crews at builds. What began as a modest, employee-led grassroots effort in 1983 has grown into one of Dow’s most significant service initiatives and one of Habitat’s largest corporate relationships – resulting in a legacy of not just building homes, but providing affordable, sustainable homes for low-income families in communities around the globe.
Edmond Board of Realtors
A representative from Edmond Board of Realtors (EBOR) attends each family home dedication and offers blessings upon the family’s first steps into their new home with a welcome mat knowing it is often the small things that sometimes make the biggest impressions.
EBOR participants also gather on the construction site annually to take a hands-on approach to building better lives by taking hammers in hand to help build a home.
Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals donated $300,000 to COHFH to be used towards the purchase of lots in Moore neighborhoods following the May, 2013 tornadoes.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, at Moore Fire Station Number 1, Express launched its “Celebrating 30 Years with 30 Homes” initiative to help rebuild Moore. “The May 2013 tornadoes left a deep scar on our state,” said Bob Funk, Express CEO and chairman of the board. “Following the devastation, the city of Moore and surrounding communities have shown incredible resilience. In every disaster, people in the eye of the storm need a helping hand. At Express, we are always here to lend a hand.”
Express will provide funds every two months for five years toward the purchase of 30 lots. With international headquarters in Oklahoma City, the employment and staffing company will also provide a workforce of its headquarter’s employees to periodically assist Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity with construction. Employees will volunteer for one workday every two months in conjunction with a new lot purchase.
“We are excited to volunteer for the first time with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity! At Guernsey, we realize the difference that we can make by getting involved in these worthy organizations.” ~Kristi Foreman, Manager, Corporate Marketing
Central Oklahoma Habitat is so grateful for the many years of support by Hall Estill as underwriters of the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, and as wise counselors in organizational legal matters.
Hall Estill attorneys are leaders in their fields, regularly publishing and lecturing in their areas of expertise, continuing to build on the firm’s reputation for excellence.
HighMount Exploration & Production, LLC
Although HighMount corporate headquarters is in Houston, Texas, the local operations facility has become a valued COHFH partner.
HighMount has shown its local community spirit by getting involved through funding and volunteering with COHFH. We hope they have found OKC to be a place they can call home, and we appreciate their efforts to bring the gift of home to others.
The generosity of Oklahomans is evident once again as local crafts retailer Hobby Lobby comes to the aid of its community by providing $2 million to help Oklahoma tornado victims rebuild their lives. Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross each received $1 million from the Oklahoma-based company.
COHFH Chairman & CEO Ann Felton Gilliland stated “It is no surprise that Hobby Lobby is stepping forward with this more than generous gift and accepting the challenge to support the long-term tornado relief effort. This money will provide safe, affordable housing for many Oklahomans who lost their homes. We know how much a home means to a family, and we feel truly blessed to receive this gift.”
In addition to providing funding Hobby Lobby employees plan to take hammers in hand and participate in the construction process as well.
IBC Bank has supported the COHFH affordable housing ministry in a variety of ways since 1994. IBC has partnered with COHFH on tornado relief efforts, development of raw land, and even sponsorship of COHFH’s newsletter.
Without the committed support of partners like IBC Bank in Oklahoma City, COHFH could not help 40-45 families become home owners each year.
International Orthodox Christian Charities
So one aspect of this program is to participate in house building projects throughout the US — we are serving in OKC to counteract the damage from the 2013 tornado. “
~International Orthodox Christian Charities
JPMorgan Chase is a generous supporter of the COHFH Critical Home Repair program, which helps restore homes and improves quality of life for limited-income homeowners.
JPMorgan Chase began supporting COHFH in 2007. In the photo below David Page, president of JPMorgan Chase in Oklahoma, is seen presenting funds to COHFH Chairman & CEO Ann Felton Gilliland to help with home repairs and weatherization projects on existing homes for limited-income families through the Critical Home Repair program.
KIMRAY stands behind their “Make a Difference” initiative which connects the good work KIMRAY employees do every day to their vision statement –“Making a difference in the lives of our industry, our community and our world.”
KIMRAY makes a difference in the Habitat community by giving generously to COHFH. Employees at COHFH also benefit from KIMRAY’s “Character First” program, which they developed to offer character-based coaching and employee resources for the workplace and in education. “Success is seeing employees work together in harmony, making wise decisions, being “others oriented”, and demonstrating good character every day,” says Tom Hill, Kimray CEO and Chairman.
Switches, covers and outlets are small in comparison to other household fixtures but these components are just as important. Thanks to Leviton, our homeowner’s homes are covered!
Leviton was founded by Isidor Leviton in 1906. After immigrating from Russia to the United States, Leviton opened up a small tinsmithing business producing mantle tips used for gas lighting. Soon with the introduction of Edison’s light bulb, the small family business shifted production to manufacture a single electrical product — the pull-chain lamp holder. From that one electrical device, Leviton has been churning out groundbreaking products that improve electrical safety, enhance communication, provide efficiency plus cost savings and add convenience and value to our world.
Leviton has evolved to become a leading, global provider of electrical wiring devices, data connectivity solutions and lighting and energy management systems for a variety of end-use markets.
Leviton is doing a great service for the COHFH affiliate and each of our homeowners.
No matter the task, LINN Energy is always willing to step up to help get it done. LINN Energy employees were among the first to respond to the call to help those affected by the May 2013 tornadoes.
Just days after the first tornado hit Moore in May of 2013 LINN Energy employees lent a helping hand in the cleanup efforts, sifting through debris to locate any salvageable homeowner possessions then moving remaining debris to the curbs for removal. Not only has LINN Energy helped with the physical labor of building homes, but they have also been annual sponsors of a home for several years.
Malarkey Roofing Products
Malarkey Roofing Products, an Oregon-based roofing company with offices in Oklahoma City, pledged to donate 12 months worth of roofing materials to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.
“This is one of the most generous gifts we have received,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity Chairman and CEO. “Being able to provide roofs at no cost on all of our homes during 2013-2014 will allow us to spend that money in other areas that otherwise would not have seen funding. I cannot thank the team at Malarkey Roofing enough for their help in providing affordable housing for low-income families here in central Oklahoma.”
The Malarkey Roofing donation of roofing supplies for 40 homes means a substantial savings for Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.
“Malarkey Roofing Products has been a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity’s effort for over twenty years,” said Jay Kreft, Malarkey Roofing Products Oklahoma City general manager. “In that time, we have donated over a million square feet of roofing to assist families in communities across the country. With our expansion in Oklahoma City, we are excited to be manufacturing for the community and continuing our donation efforts with locally made roofing products for Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.”
It was the beginning of a wonderful partnership when COHFH Chairman & CEO Ann Felton Gilliland was summoned to Maxwell Supply Company to retrieve a box of donated supplies back in 2008.
When the box was opened she received much more than she expected. Tucked inside a box of nuts and bolts was a check for full funding of a house. Since then Maxwell Supply, headed by CEO Jerry Thomason, has been a consistent supporter of the community and has helped several families become homeowners through its donation and volunteer efforts.
As one of the leading energy efficient builders in the state of Oklahoma, COHFH has a long-standing partnership with OG+E. The electricity and natural gas energy company provides rebates after each home is inspected and meets OG+E standards for top rated energy efficiency.
Oklahoma Bankers Foundation
In October of 2013, The Oklahoma Bankers Foundation awarded a substantial donation to COHFH to help families who suffered property loss as a result of the tornadoes and storms in May of that year.
The Oklahoma Bankers Foundation is a non-profit corporation formed solely for charitable, benevolent, and educational purposes within the banking community, and is administered by the Oklahoma Bankers Association.
Oklahoma Fidelity Bank
For more than 10 years Oklahoma Fidelity Bank has provided COHFH with the in-kind gift of mortgage loan servicing. This donation results in a significant savings of money and staffing resources for COHFH each year.
Early in COHFH’s history, when only 4-5 homes were built annually, mortgage payments, inquiries, and other mortgage related services were addressed by office staff. As the organization grew and mortgages numbered in the hundreds it became increasingly difficult for the COHFH staff to manage the volume. Thankfully, Oklahoma Fidelity Bank stepped in with an offer of assistance allowing the staff to return its focus to the business of building affordable housing.
The employees of OU Medicine have become the icon for the arrival of spring on the COHFH construction sites. Since Spring 2008 the group has been donating its time and resources to help central Oklahoma limited-income families become homeowners.
The employees of OU Medicine have been involved with community betterment by providing funding and manpower for COHFH for several years. Their motto of “Live to Give” is evident in their actions and continuing commitment to improve the lives of others.
Square D Electric
Square D/Schneider Electric has been a national Habitat for Humanity partner since 2001, providing electrical systems for thousands of families throughout North America.
Square D is the flagship brand of Schneider Electric in the United States for electrical distribution and industrial control products and systems.
The Aldridge Foundation
For more than 10 years The Aldridge Foundation has generously helped underwrite Central Oklahoma Habitat’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which is held each year to say “thank you” to all those who make our housing ministry possible.
The Tom & Marye Kate Aldridge Foundation was founded in 1995 to honor Tom & Marye Kate Aldridge and pursue the ideals and standards by which they lived.
Marye Kate Aldridge was a teacher. She strongly believed that the only thing one can truly possess is education. All that follows springs from how that knowledge is put to use. The Aldridge Foundation supports innovative teaching methods that address common problems, and may be replicated in other venues. Providing an avenue for self-improvement is paramount in making grant decisions.
Robert Aldridge, Chairman, is the son of the Foundation’s grantors. A graduate of University of Oklahoma, he held management positions with C.R. Anthony Co. and practiced as a Certified Financial Planner.
The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation supports a number of affordable housing and veteran-based non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.
Whether it’s helping with home improvements and repairs for veterans through our Critical Home Repair program, contributing grant money, or providing volunteers to help complete the work, The Home Depot Foundation has been a dedicated community supporter.
Thrivent Builds has been a long-term supporter of the Habitat new home construction program through its giving and volunteering. Thrivent has added to its charitable repertoire by becoming a regular partner for COHFH’s Critical Home Repair program.
By working with the Critical Home Repair program, Thrivent is helping a group that is often overlooked – existing low-income homeowners who, for various reasons, are unable to maintain the homes they own. Deferred maintenance on these homes often means unsafe living conditions, high energy costs, and the inabilty to insure what few possessions they can call their own.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Just months after the May, 2013 tornados devastated central Oklahoma, Toyota contacted COHFH to offer a helping hand. The generous gift received as a result of that communication was one that will last for years to come.
The help came in the form of a donation large enough to be used to purchase a 14 passenger van to support the clean-up and recovery effort COHFH had organized with volunteers in the community. The generous gift allowed COHFH to transport large groups of volunteers into the disaster area to help families sift through rubble to find anything salvageable, and to clear their lots by moving debris to the curbs. In the early days following the storms only authorized vehicles were allowed into the disaster area. Having a vehicle that could transport several volunteers at once into the area was a great benefit to those in need.
Valspar supports the mission of Habitat to eliminate poverty housing and improve people’s lives. As the national paint sponsor for Habitat operations in the United States, their commitment as an organization extends well beyond financial support.
Valspar says it feels privileged and humbled to play a part in helping people regain a sense of normalcy and hope in their lives. In addition to donating more than $35 million in cash and in-kind contributions, Valspar is also the driving force behind “A Brush with Kindness” (Critical Home Repair in Central Oklahoma), an innovative urban revitalization program. Valspar, as an enthusiastic partner since 1979, is doing its part to transform neighborhoods through exterior house painting and minor repairs for low-income families, senior citizens, and those with disabilities.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church supports many local community agencies that help people in need, including Central Oklahoma Habitat.
The congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church provided funding and hundreds of volunteer hours to build a home for a single mother of two young children. “At Westminster we believe serving others is an important part of our faith journey. God can reveal himself to us and others through service. He never fails to bless us when we serve and act as a vessel for His work.”
Each Habitat home comes equipped with a refrigerator and stove,which is provided by Whirlpool for all Habitat affiliates across the country!
Whirlpool has been a generous sponsor of our Habitat families since 2000, ensuring that the needs of basic living are met. Kitchen appliances can be a budget-straining purchase for any new homeowner, but through the generosity of Whirlpool Habitat families can begin life in their new home without depleting their monetary resources.
Williams Energy Company
Williams employees volunteer at local schools, support local nonprofits, like Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, and give to United Way, through our giving programs and volunteer activities. Involvement in the communities where we operate is at the heart of Williams.”
What good would a door be without a doorknob or lock? Thank goodness, Yale provides all the locks and hardware on the doors for each of our Habitat homes.
On December 20, 2010 Yale celebrated a major milestone in its 10th year to partner with Habitat for Humanity with the installation of the 500,000th lockset the company has provided for Habitat houses nationwide. They didn’t stop there. COHFH, continues to receive locks and doorknobs for all Habitat homes.