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Whirlpool Corporation Extends and Expands Commitment to Habitat for Humanity Throughout North America

Submitted by: Whirlpool Corporation

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Jan 14, 2000 – 11:00 PM EST


Jan. 14 /CSRwire/ - Whirlpool Corporation today announced that it would extend and expand on its commitment to Habitat for Humanity International by donating a Whirlpool brand refrigerator and freestanding range for homes built in the United States and Canada under Habitat's new More than Houses program, a campaign to build 100,000 new homes by the year 2005. The company previously announced that it would donate up to $5 million in appliances for homes built by Habitat.

"We are truly grateful to Whirlpool for making such a generous pledge of support," said Millard Fuller, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity. "Literally, thousands of families will benefit from this exciting partnership."

"This expanded partnership between Whirlpool North America and Habitat for Humanity is designed to support the nonprofit organization both at a local level and nationally," said Michael D. Thieneman, Executive Vice President, Whirlpool North America who was present alongside Jack Kemp, former US Housing Secretary, who is helping to lead Habitat's campaign. Thieneman added, "Our commitment symbolizes the spirit of our company and the heart of our people."

Under the terms of the agreement, Whirlpool and Habitat will collaborate in marketing and promotional campaigns with consumers and trade partners to raise awareness of Habitat's goal to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by building adequate housing with those who need it.

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Georgia, is a nonprofit, ecumenical organization that brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable housing. The houses are sold to homeowners at no profit and financed through zero-interest mortgages.

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Headquartered in Benton Harbor, the company manufactures in 13 countries and markets products under 11 major brand names in more than 170 countries. Additional information about the company can be found on the Internet at www.WhirlpoolCorp.com.

For more information, please contact:

Zen Yinger Whirlpool Corporation
Phone: 616-923-5978
Christopher Wyse Whirlpool Corporation
Phone: 616-923-3417


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