Washington, DC — September 10, 2013 —
To mark the National Day of Service, nearly 100 employees from the cruise industry will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys to build a house for a veteran in the Southern California area tomorrow in recognition of the National Day of Service.
Volunteers from three Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member lines – Princess Cruises, Cunard Line and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises – will help build a house for the “Habitat for Heroes” initiative, which was created by Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys and the California Department of Veterans Affairs to help build 12 houses for low-income veteran families.
Click below to listen to a special message from CLIA CEO Christine Duffy on this event:
This event is just one example of the cruise industry’s commitment to actively engaging with local partners and the economy around the world. Cruising is more than vacations as the industry is making a significant impact in communities across the globe. In 2012, California saw $1.9 billion in direct spending, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the industry’s overall spending nationwide. The state ranks second in economic impact nationwide. The cruise industry in California employs almost 43,000 residents, contributing over $2.4 billion in total income Christine Duffy discusses CLIA National Day of Service event