Whirlpool and Habitat for Humanity are kicking off the inaugural Whirlpool Building Blocks project, an initiative created by the company to raise awareness of the affordable housing crisis and to help eliminate substandard housing in the United States. During the week of Nov. 5-10, 2006, Whirlpool, Habitat for Humanity International, Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and 300 volunteers from around the country will build 10 homes in one Nashville neighborhood.
In subsequent years, Whirlpool Building Blocks will recognize an outstanding Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States and its relationship with its local community by holding a similar weeklong building blitz. Entertainment icon Reba McEntire will help launch and support the corporation's first Whirlpool Building Blocks program.
Whirlpool is one of Habitat for Humanity's largest corporate partners. The company donates a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. Every year, thousands of Whirlpool employees volunteer their own time to Habitat builds around the country. The partnership began in 1999, and Whirlpool plans to support every new Habitat home built globally by 2011, either through product donations, cash or home sponsorship. The company is making an additional U.S. $1.5 million commitment to fund this year's build in Nashville.
The 10 homes in the Whirlpool Building Blocks project will be built in the Providence Park neighborhood, Nashville's first all-Habitat subdivision and one of the nation's largest contiguous all-Habitat communities. Providence Park was started in 2002 by the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and now has more than 85 Habitat homes. The Whirlpool Building Blocks project is the largest multi-home build in the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity's 21-year history.
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