Habitat For Humanity Breaks Ground

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From left: Myrnissa A. Stone-Sumair, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County; Tod Johnson, executive chairman of The NPD Group; Ellen Birnbaum, Nassau County legislator; and Peter Hayes, board treasurer of Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County, break ground on a home in Great Neck.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to announce the building of a home for a family in need at 18 Manor Dr. in Great Neck on Monday, April 22.

The NPD Group, a global market research firm based in Port Washington, partnered with Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County, an affiliate of the international nonprofit organization that helps people around the world build a place to call home, as the main corporate sponsor to build a home in Great Neck.

Representatives from Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County, The NPD Group and local elected officials were in attendance at the ceremony, and construction is now officially underway as NPD and Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County kicked off their partnership.

From left: Karyn Schoenbart, chief executive officer, and Tod Johnson, executive chairman, both of The NPD Group, provide opening remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“NPD was founded on Long Island, our headquarters for more than 50 years, and throughout this time we have been committed to giving back to our community,” said Karyn Schoenbart, NPD’s chief executive officer. “We are thrilled to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this important mission to improve our neighborhoods and the lives of the people within them.”

In the coming weeks, dozens of NPD employees will volunteer their time to bring the architectural plans to life and create a home for a family in need.

“As we have done for more than 27 years, Habitat Nassau County’s goal is to inspire hope for families in need by building strength, stability and self-reliance through helping them obtain their own home, usually for the first time in their lives,” said Myrnissa Stone-Sumair, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County. “We are excited to celebrate groundbreaking with our partner, The NPD Group, and acknowledge their generous sponsorship gift and commitment to supply more than 1,000 volunteer hours in support of our life-changing work at our latest construction project in Great Neck.”

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