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Cargill partners with Habitat for Humanity

Cargill employees will join with Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County to help construct a home for a family in need of decent, affordable housing.

In addition to providing several hundred hours of volunteer labor, the facility presented Habitat with $14,000 toward the cost of building the house. Framing Day will be April 16 at 708 Fifth Ave. S.E.

More than 30 employees from Cargill's sweeteners facility in Decatur will volunteer several Saturdays to help build this home for a single mother and her two teenagers. Cargill Cares Decatur, a council of employees that directs the facility's volunteer and grant-making activities, endorsed this project as part of its efforts to strengthen the community through neighborhood involvement. This is the facility's first project with Habitat.

"Engaging our employees and enriching the communities where we live and work are important for Cargill's success as a good corporate citizen," said Gary Thompson, Cargill's facility manager. "We are proud to volunteer with organizations such as Habitat that have a positive impact on Decatur."

From corn syrups to sucrose to customized blends, Cargill Sweeteners supplies food and beverage customers with a variety of sweeteners used in beverages, baked goods, candies, cereals and other prepared foods.

Since 1992, Habitat has built simple, safe houses for low-income Morgan County residents who seek to move out of substandard housing. Approved applicants must show the ability to pay off the 20-year, interest-free loan, as well as an ability to maintain the home.

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