The Audible Public Policy & Community Affairs team coordinated a build day for Audible employees with Habitat for Humanity Newark, a nonprofit that works in partnership with low-income families, volunteers, and community members to build decent and affordable homes in Newark and Essex County. Audible volunteers from a wide range of different departments rolled up their sleeves to work on two of the homes being built in Newark’s South Ward neighborhood.

Whether they had previous experience and skills or not, we were all ready, willing, and excited to contribute to the building of these homes for families in need.

Audible employees painting and putting up sheet rock

Whether they had previous experience and skills or not, we were all ready, willing, and excited to contribute to the building of these homes for families in need. Our group ended up splitting into two teams for the day: a team dedicated to painting the rooms that were primed for paint by a previous work group and a team responsible for putting up sheetrock in the basement of a second house at the site.

After meeting the construction site managers, putting on gear (safety hats, gloves, and goggles when necessary), and divvying up the tasks, everyone got to work. The morning went by quickly and, after a pizza lunch break, we resumed work at each respective station until it was time to clean up. The day had flown by and before we knew it, we were back in the office (just a bit more paint-splattered and sweaty than when we had left it in the morning). A lot of hard work went into the day, but it was an opportunity to meet fellow employees we might not have crossed paths with and even pick up a skill or two.

Events like this reflect Audible’s commitment to the city of Newark and help all employees have opportunities to not only make an impact on our millions of customers but on our Newark neighbors, too.

“I got to meet a number of people from the Audible family that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I also learned that 5/8 fire-rated drywall is heavier than it looks and that 20 people can paint an apartment a lot quicker than two,” said Michael Bombard, a software development engineer.

Building with Habitat for Humanity Newark is just one of many volunteer events at Audible that lets employees get out of the building and take part in a service opportunity in our city. Events like this reflect Audible’s commitment to the city of Newark and help all employees have opportunities to not only make an impact on our millions of customers but on our Newark neighbors, too.