Appliance maker, nonprofit plan affordable housing projects


Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool is a global maker of household appliances, including refrigerators. Photo via

An appliance manufacturer in the region has decided to continue its longtime relationship with a nonprofit focused on affordable housing.

Whirlpool Corporation announced earlier this month its 19th year of commitment to Habitat for Humanity.

Whirlpool has committed to providing a new range and refrigerator for every new Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada.

Whirlpool will participate in the nonprofit’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, a project taking place Aug. 26-31 that will engage hundreds of volunteers constructing 30 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend, Indiana, alongside President and Mrs. Carter.

Whirlpool also will join the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University for 10 days in October as part of the ninth consecutive joint build project of a home in the Bloomington, Indiana area.

Additionally, Whirlpool will fully sponsor a home build in Benton Harbor, as well as partially sponsor builds in other cities around the U.S.

“For nearly two decades, Whirlpool Corporation's work alongside Habitat for Humanity has provided families with appliances to make their daily routines a little easier,” said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and foundation relations at Habitat for Humanity. “We are so grateful for their donations, as well as their employees’ volunteer work onsite to directly impact the lives of these families, and look forward to another successful year.”

Since the collaboration began in 1999, Whirlpool has committed more than $107 million to Habitat for Humanity.

More than 9,000 employees volunteer with the organization each year.

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