By David Howard, HBI Chief Development Officer

Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to reflect on those causes and organizations whose work is so important to us all. On this national day of giving I invite you to learn more about HBI (Home Builders Institute) and our efforts to provide skills training for individuals from underserved and vulnerable communities.

At HBI—the national leader for career training in the building industry—we are committed to working with the residential building and construction industries to address the most pressing on-the-ground challenge confronting companies large and small—accessibility to a skilled, trained, and job-ready workforce. Our solution? Leverage our 50 years of expertise and experience to train dedicated, motivated industry job seekers by providing practical, hands-on instruction in the skilled trades most needed by builders, contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and service professionals.

What makes HBI truly unique? HBI’s Five Steps of Service provides a full-service process that offers students job readiness, certified training, hope, confidence and long-term success. We focus on engaging and training individuals, including transitioning military members and veterans, career-focused high school students, at-risk youth, justice-involved youth and adults, and other underserved populations by connecting, assessing, training, certifying and placing students in high -growth careers in the building industry. At any given time, HBI’s curriculum reaches nearly 13,000 students at nearly 300 locations across the United States.

However, at HBI we view training as only a pathway to employment, a pathway made possible through the support and participation of the residential building and construction industry. On this national day of giving, we ask that you consider supporting HBI and our mission to make employment in the skilled trades not just a priority but a reality. We invite you to help underserved individuals build careers and change their lives through your donations. Visit HBI online to make your contribution today.


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