Whirlpool Corporation on Monday said it will continue to provide a new range and refrigerator for every new Habitat for Humanity home constructed in the U.S. in 2016, donating up to $5 million in products throughout the year and continuing its 17-year partnership with the organization.
The commitment also includes full funding for the construction of a new home each in Bloomington, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Michigan and partially sponsored builds in Dallas, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; Amana, Iowa; Cleveland, Tennessee; Detroit, Michigan; and Monterrey, Mexico this year. Whirlpool also will participate in a blitz build with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University for the seventh consecutive year. Students at Indiana University and Whirlpool employees will work alongside a Habitat family to help them build a home in ten days in the Bloomington area.
"We are grateful to Whirlpool for their continued commitment to furthering Habitat's mission of helping families build a decent and affordable place they can call home," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "The donation of a range and refrigerator for Habitat homes in the U.S. is just one way Whirlpool helps families who need a helping hand, and we appreciate their faithful partnership."
"Whirlpool Corporation is committed to continuing to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter," said Deb O'Connor, director of global corporate reputation and community relations. "This 17-year partnership with Habitat Humanity is something that our company, employees and community all take great pride in."
Since the partnership began in 1999, Whirlpool has donated more than 87,000 refrigerators and ranges to Habitat families in the U.S. Whirlpool has also helped build more than 170 houses around the world. Whirlpool employees participate in builds where the company's manufacturing operations, customer service and administrative offices are located.