One way Allegion uses its passion for safety and security to help others is through work with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that builds homes for those less fortunate in our communities. Each year, our company sponsors the build cost for homes, and our people volunteer to build them. In fact, our commercial security business started building these homes as a part of Ingersoll Rand 10 years ago – so, this service is in our roots.
As a standalone company, we’ve expanded our support of Habitat for Humanity projects. In 2015, Allegion began supplying hardware to Habitat for Humanity ReStores across the United States and has now donated more than $2 million in retail value. Today, we also supply all the hardware for Central Indiana builds. In 2016, we added a multi-year commitment to projects in Mexico, and in 2017, we were part of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Canada. Our Kryptonite brand has also joined the cause, donating bike locks to Habitat for Humanity across the United States, where there’s a need.
To date, our people have contributed more than 16,000 volunteer hours to support the dream of homeownership, in addition to the nearly $900,000 in sponsorships and in-kind donations Allegion has put forth.
In the United States, children spend nearly 11,500 hours in schools throughout their K-12 careers. There is an unprecedented number of safety and security threats facing our students, including fires, natural disasters and intruders. Still, many schools are antiquated, and securing funding for upgrades is challenging. In fact, instructional buildings of the approximately 100,000 K-12 public schools in the U.S. are, on average, more than 40 years old. Many schools don’t have updated hardware and technology that’s available to protect students, teachers and administration because they don’t have access to funding.
Our employees are convening education, industry, public safety, law enforcement, corporate and community leaders to work together to ensure the security of our nation’s schools through research, pilot programs, the promotion of best practices and fundraising. In the words of Allegion Senior Vice President and President of the Americas Tim Eckersley, “Security companies have a moral obligation to make sure that our schools are safe and secure.”