Whirlpool Corporation and Knoxville Habitat for Humanity raised the walls on a new house in West Knoxville on Saturday, October 22. The build was part of several 2011 Whirlpool-sponsored Habitat houses and helped commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary.
But more than building a new house, Whirlpool volunteers who came out to hammer constructed a dream for homeowner Tina Thomas, 36, and her two daughters, Tierra, 18, and Matia, 15.
“The biggest reason I wanted a home is so that my kids will always have a place to call home,” said Tina. “I’m very proud as a single mom to have my own house. It’s been my goal for eight years and will give me great peace of mind.”
Whirlpool Corporation, a partner of Habitat for Humanity International for 11 years, has sponsored more than 100 houses around the world since the partnership began in 1999. In addition to Knoxville, this year Whirlpool is sponsoring houses in Fort Smith, Ark.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Marion, Ohio; and Tulsa, Okla.
”It is an honor for Whirlpool Corporation to be a part of the team that will help the Thomas family obtain their very own home,” said Deborah O’Connor, Director, Global Corporate Reputation and Community Relations, Whirlpool Corporation. “We partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide opportunities to address substandard housing and we are especially excited to do so in Knoxville, where we operate a call center.”
Whirlpool Corporation’s commitment to Habitat includes the support of Habitat’s work in 22 countries, and the donation of a range and ENERGY STAR®-qualified refrigerator to every new Habitat house built in the United States, totaling more than 130,000 appliances to date. Additionally, the company was the first to provide on-going donations to Habitat for Humanity ReStore resale outlets, helping to raise an additional $3.5 million for the organization.
“Whirlpool’s generous support of Habitat for Humanity is widespread from the local level to national and even international levels,” said Kelle Shultz, president and CEO of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. “The most inspiring part of Whirlpool’s support is that its work is so tangible, from employees who come out to volunteer to the appliances Whirlpool donates to every Habitat for Humanity family. Whirlpool’s contributions make a real difference to our organization and to our families.”
During the course of the Knoxville build, more than 250 volunteers will give approximately 1,000 hours to build the Thomas’ new house over the course of six weeks. The expected completion date is in mid-December. Tina Thomas will receive the keys to her new home at a dedication ceremony in January 2012.
Founded on November 11, 1911, Whirlpool Corporation's time- and labor-saving appliance innovations have influenced home and family life during the last century. Driven by the belief that everyone needs a comfortable place to call home, Whirlpool Corporation is focused on improving lives one family, one home at a time.