Cleveland Is One Of Build Locations For 2013 By Whirlpool Brand And Habitat For Humanity

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cleveland was announced as one of the locations for a Habitat build this year. Partnering with seven families to help simplify the path toward home ownership, Whirlpool Brand and Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday announced the locations for their annual Habitat house builds. In 2013, houses will be built in Cleveland; Tulsa, Ok.; Benton Harbor, Mi.; Ottawa, Marion and Findlay, Oh.; and Bloomington, In., as part of a campus build at Indiana University.

Whirlpool and Habitat for Humanity continue to work together to create decent, affordable housing around the world. Over the past 13 years, Whirlpool has contributed more than $78 million in cash and product to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity. The 2013 builds will take place in communities where Whirlpool has manufacturing, customer service and administrative offices, strengthening areas in which the company already operates and invests, and increasing volunteerism among employees. The Findlay, Ohio, build was specifically chosen to help the company’s Findlay division mark its 45th anniversary celebration.

This year, Whirlpool will also sponsor a wall build held in conjunction with the Kelley School of Business CFO Roundtable. The CFO Roundtable brings together CFOs from worldwide companies together with Kelley students and faculty to link the business leaders of today with the business leaders of tomorrow. Participants from the Roundtable will work together to build walls for future home builds with the Monroe County Habitat for Humanity.

“Together with Habitat for Humanity International and the local Habitat affiliates, we're proud to announce our list of build locations this year,” said Tanu Grewal, senior brand manager at Whirlpool." At Whirlpool, we are committed to bringing simplicity to life, and through this partnership, we are able to do just that by easing the process of becoming a homeowner for partner families.”

Whirlpool brand has partnered with Habitat for Humanity International for 13 years, supporting Habitat’s work in 40 countries and sponsoring more than 100 homes since the partnership began in 1999. In that time, the company has donated a range and ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator to every Habitat home in the U.S. and Canada, totaling more than 150,000 appliances. Whirlpool also supports and participates in Habitat’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project and is the first corporation to provide on-going donations to Habitat for Humanity ReStore resale outlets, helping to raise an additional $4.6 million for the organization.

“The support that long-standing partners, like Whirlpool, give to Habitat is critical to our affordable housing efforts around the world," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "Hosting these builds demonstrates Whirlpool's sincere commitment to strengthen families and communities, and we are excited they will be a part of Findlay’s milestone.”

For more information, visit www.whirlpoolcorp.com/habitat.


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