Benton Harbor, MI (March 31, 2008) – Whirlpool Corporation joins former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, thousands of volunteers from around the world and partner families to support Habitat for Humanity’s 25th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in the Gulf Coast. The five-day event from May 11-16, 2008, will serve to construct and rehabilitate 60 houses and frame up to 48 more in the host cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss.
In addition to building in Biloxi and Pascagoula, the Carters will work on houses and visit build sites in New Orleans and Covington, La., Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., to help raise awareness of the ongoing recovery efforts taking place along the Gulf Coast. Houses also will be built and repaired by volunteers in several communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama as part of the event. In total, more than 250 houses will be built or rehabilitated by the end of the year as part of Habitat for Humanity’s 2008 Carter Work Project.
To help build the homes, Whirlpool Corporation will serve as a Gold Sponsor for the event, providing contributions such as cash, home appliance packages, and media and volunteer support to the event.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed or damaged more than half-a-million houses along the Gulf Coast. Although recovery efforts continue, more than 12,000 FEMA trailers are still in use today throughout Southern Mississippi alone. This year's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project will call attention to the ongoing need for affordable housing in the Gulf. To date, Habitat for Humanity’s Gulf Coast Recovery program has completed or begun construction on more than 1,300 houses.
In addition to supporting the Jimmy Carter Work Project for six consecutive years, Whirlpool Corporation has donated a refrigerator and range – more than 80,000 appliances – to every Habitat for Humanity home built in North America since 1999. Whirlpool has an active partnership with Habitat for Humanity in 18 countries. In 2005, the company announced plans to support every Habitat home built globally by 2011, either through product donations, cash or volunteer support. The company’s global commitment to Habitat for Humanity has exceeded $34 million to-date.
The Carters are Habitat’s most famous volunteers. Each year since 1984, the Carters have given one week of their time to build homes and raise awareness about the need for simple, decent and affordable housing. Previous Carter Project events have been held in Los Angeles, Michigan, New York City, Hungary, the Philippines, South Korea and South Africa.
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion, 73,000 employees, and 72 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com .
25 Years of Building with the Carters
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have been helping Habitat for Humanity shine the spotlight on the need for affordable housing since 1984. That year, the Carters led a small team of Habitat volunteers to New York City to help renovate a six-story apartment building with 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. A quarter of a century later, that modest effort has grown into an internationally recognized annual event that has taken place in communities around the world.
About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) serves Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. Since Katrina, HFHMGC has completed and started construction on 170 homes. HFHMGC believes every family deserves a “place they can call home,” and as such they are committed to providing the Mississippi Gulf Coast with clean, decent affordable and safe homes. While eradication of poverty housing is a challenge in all locations, it is particularly challenging in the light of hurricane Katrina. For more information on HFHMGC and how to volunteer or donate, go to www.hfhmgc.org .
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .