Anixter employees at the Habitat for Humanity event
Anixter employees building wall frames

Anixter was one of 20 corporate sponsors of Raise Your Hand Chicagoland, a major Habitat for Humanity “blitz build” event that took place May 29 – June 1, 2014, in the heart of downtown Chicago. In all, 500 volunteers from the sponsoring companies — including 20 employees from Anixter — joined future homeowners to build wall frames for 13 houses in four days. Products were also donated by Anixter and some of its partners to power and light the four-day event.

“In the Chicagoland area alone, more than 388,000 people are without adequate housing,” said Ted Dosch, Anixter Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO. Dosch is a long-time Habitat supporter and chaired the event’s steering committee.

Anixter helping to build houses

He is also Chairman, Board of Directors, of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity, which includes 8 affiliates located in surrounding suburbs.

Anixter employees throughout Chicagoland also raised funds for Habitat through a variety of activities, including a “buy a t-shirt” promotion, online donations and a post-event “wear your shirt to work” fundraising effort. Funds generated for Habitat through these activities were matched by the firm’s Anixter Cares charitable organization.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Chicago Habitat for Humanity Build

Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel opened the building event with an inspirational speech (right).