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Candie Fligor of Whirlpool Corporation Clyde Division works on the Whirlpool-sponsored house in Washington D.C.’s Ivy City neighborhood during the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.


Candie Fligor, multiprocess team member, Whirlpool Corporation Clyde Division

Whirlpool Corporation recently marked the 10-year anniversary of their partnership with Habitat for Humanity. It was a symbolic milestone for one Whirlpool employee in particular, Candie Fligor, a multiprocess team member at the Whirlpool Corporation’s Clyde Division.

Ten years ago, Fligor became a Habitat homeowner, partnering in a Fremont, Ohio home built by Whirlpool volunteers.

“It was a great experience,” said Fligor, who still lives in the home with her sons, ages 14 and 17, and husband. “We painted the shutters Whirlpool blue.”

Whirlpool colors became an integral part of Fligor’s life, as she became a Whirlpool employee in 2006. By this time, the Habitat-Whirlpool partnership was thriving, with Whirlpool providing a range and ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator to every Habitat for Humanity home built in North America.

Whirlpool also supported programs such as the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project and build projects throughout North America and Europe.

Fligor has been anxious for her chance to volunteer on behalf of the Whirlpool-Habitat partnership and was thrilled to be selected to represent her division at the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, building in Washington D.C.’s Ivy City neighborhood. This is Fligor’s first trip to Washington D.C.

“My family is proud and inspired; they think it’s awesome that I’m doing this,” she shared. “Working with people from different states has been just great. We’re working hard, but we’re all having fun. We learn different things from others, and we all just jump in when needed.”

Fligor said framing was one of the most interesting tasks for her.

“When I was accepted as a partner homeowner 10 years ago, the framing on my house was already done,” she explained. “We started our sweat equity with drywall, mudding and taping. Here, we started with the framing, and it was great to learn how to do it.”

As for the most challenging tasks, Fligor found the camaraderie of fellow volunteers and the atmosphere of the site gave her courage to take some risks.

“What I was nervous about, I tried anyway,” she said. “Like climbing on the scaffolding or using the Ramset to shoot the nails into the concrete. That was the best.”

Fligor is one of 12 Whirlpool Corporation employees on the Washington D.C. build site, and one of 20 across all six build sites included in the Carter Work Project this year. Schedules permitting, she hopes to continue working with Habitat locally once she returns to Ohio. As for her own home, she does have one specific home-improvement task waiting for her to address – those shutters.

“They need repainting,” she said, “and I’ve been trying to think of a different color to paint this time, but I just don’t have the heart to change from the Whirlpool blue.”

Whirlpool Corporation provides a range and ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator to every Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. The company is one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest corporate partners and has an active partnership with Habitat in 22 countries. Every year, thousands of Whirlpool Corporation employees volunteer their own time to Habitat builds around the world.

In 2005, the company announced plans to support every Habitat home built globally by 2011, either through product donations, cash or volunteer support.