Americus, Ga. - May 21 2001 - Eaton Corporation continues to donate much-needed circuit breakers and load centers for Habitat for Humanity houses. Eaton's commitment has already provided load centers and circuit breakers to more than 600 Habitat projects taking place in the U.S. and Canada where Eaton has plant facilities.
Eaton Corporation has been a Habitat for Humanity International corporate partner since 1997, when it pledged product donations of $100,000 for U. S. Habitat projects. The company followed up its initial commitment with an additional pledge of $50,000 for Habitat projects in Canada in 1998. Since that time, however, product donation by Eaton's Cutler-Hammer business unit has exceeded $200,000. In addition to product donations, Eaton has contributed more than $200,000 in cash as well.
Earlier this year, Eaton announced its intention to contribute FIRE-GUARD™ Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) to Habitat projects as well. The FIRE-GUARD™ AFCI is a residential circuit breaker designed to protect from an electrical hazard called the Arc Fault. Arc faults occur when insulation around cords, wires or cables is damaged or deteriorated. In many cases, arc faults are the result of aging wires or wires that are damaged during installation. The simple act of nicking an electrical wire while hanging a picture or running extension cords under the carpet or furniture can damage insulation and initiate an arc fault. With the FIRE-GUARD™ AFCI, homes have the same protection as a standard circuit breaker plus the added protection from arcing faults.
"Eaton's donation demonstrates an exemplary leadership position and a true commitment to eliminating substandard housing," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International.
Not only is Eaton donating cash and product to Habitat's mission to eliminate substandard housing, but they are also providing volunteers. Eaton manufacturing plants across North America encourage their employees to volunteer on local Habitat projects. "Eaton is proud to partner with Habitat in building hope and assisting hardworking, committed families who only need to be given the chance to move out of substandard housing," said James Mason, vice president of Public and Community Affairs for Eaton Corporation.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.