Arpin International Group Employee, Ronnie Blanchard, Builds Homes For Under-Resourced Families in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arpin employee participates in Techo build project in Argentina.
Ronnie Blanchard and colleagues smiling inside a home built for under resourced persons in Argentina.
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During the 2023 LACMA Convention held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Arpin International Group employee Ronnie Blanchard and his colleagues from the Latin and Caribbean Movers Association (LACMA) participated in a meaningful volunteer project with Techo. Techo is a social responsibility initiative dedicated to constructing sustainable homes for communities in Latin America.

For two days before the convention, Blanchard and the other volunteers worked tirelessly to build houses for four different families in Buenos Aires. Arpin International Group staff have participated in three Techo build projects worldwide, with the Argentina project being a first for Blanchard.

Reflecting on his experience with Techo, Blanchard humbly acknowledged his good fortune and does not take things in life for granted.

“In high school and in college, I was involved in projects that included repairing homes and assisting with operations for a Women’s shelter in poor areas of Lima, Peru. The Techo project brought me right back to that amazing feeling of being able to provide genuine help to those less fortunate. You could see it in the eyes of the family – how much they appreciated it. We laughed together, cried together, and worked hard to provide them with a little more comfort in their lives,” said Blanchard.

Participating in Techo was a transformative experience that Blanchard enthusiastically hoped to share in this valuable message with others.

In addition to the Techo build project, where Arpin International Group was honored as a Bronze Sponsor for its CSR participation, it also received recognition from LACMA for participating in its clean travel program.

Besides his responsibilities as general manager, GSA Services, Blanchard serves as a member of LACMA, FIDI39, and IAM Young Professionals’ clubs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Bryant University and has earned several Fred Pryor learning certificates for business leadership. He resides in East Providence, Rhode Island.

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