Building community is so important to Dufresne that it’s one of the pillars which support our company’s foundation. One of the best examples of putting that pillar in action is our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Manitoba. For over a decade, we have supported Habitat’s work in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario through product donations and volunteerism—building community, one home at a time, and changing the lives of all those involved.
Dufresne began its long relationship with Habitat for Humanity Manitoba in 2008 with the donation of appliances for new Habitat-built homes. In the 12 years since, our company has provided high-efficiency washers, dryers, and dishwashers to 188 Habitat families, helping parents manage laundry and dishes for over 800 kids.
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba’s vice-president of marketing, communications, and philanthropy, Michelle Pereira, says her organization prides itself on building the most energy efficient homes in Manitoba and being able to equip them with energy efficient washer and dryers has been a part of that success. In addition to keeping energy bills low, she says the appliances have had a profound effect on the homeowners, most of whom are coming from social housing and are accustomed to using coin operated machines.
“Dufresne is doing more than donating appliances; it's changing how our families feel when they get to use them,” says Pereira. “I remember walking into a home and the Mom saw the washer and dryer and broke down into tears. She never thought that she would ever be able to afford a laundry set like that, ever.”