BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third straight year, Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) partnered with Monroe County Habitat for Humanity and Indiana University to build a new home with a local low-income family. Employees, students, alumni and volunteers from the community built the home in partnership with Ashley, Doyle and Hailey Kell, who received the keys to their new home on Oct. 13, prior to IU's Homecoming game against Ohio State University.
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The 10-day blitz build took place next to the home of the IU Alumni Association, the Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center, from Oct. 4 - 13. After construction, the house was moved to its permanent location at 14th Street and Woodburn Avenue in Bloomington.
"Whirlpool and IU have truly created a lasting legacy in our community through these builds," said Kerry Thomson, executive director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County. "This will be the third family whose lives are changed forever because of a hand up, not a handout. This critical element of decent, affordable housing puts the Vosekas, Knapp and Kell families on the path to a brighter future, and it is thanks to the generous sponsorship of Whirlpool and the volunteer support of IU."The Kells have been working for a long time toward their goal of home ownership. Doyle works full time delivering pizzas, while Ashley is a cashier at a grocery store. They have been living in government-supported Crestmont Apartments for the last couple of years. "It's hard to express just how much this Habitat home, and the sponsorship by IU and Whirlpool means to our family," said Ashley Kell. "We are so blessed to be part of such a supportive community and can't wait to move into our new home." The build is part of Whirlpool-sponsored Habitat builds taking place throughout the United States in 2012. This year Whirlpool also sponsored homes in Amana, Iowa; Benton Harbor, Mich.; and Clyde, Ohio. "Being part of this build and seeing how the community rallied together to support a common cause was an amazing experience," said Jim Peters, CFO, NAR Finance, Whirlpool Corporation. "Whirlpool is proud to be part of the Habitat family and to support their efforts to transform the lives of families." Whirlpool Corporation has been a partner of Habitat for Humanity International for 12 years, supporting Habitat's work in 40 countries and sponsoring more than 100 homes since the partnership began in 1999. In that time, the company has donated a range and ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator to every Habitat home in the U.S. and Canada, totaling more than 140,000 appliances. Whirlpool also supports and participates in Habitat's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project and is the first corporation to provide on-going donations to Habitat for Humanity ReStore resale outlets, helping to raise an additional $4.6 million for the organization. For more information, visit http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com/responsibility/building_communities/habitat_for_humanity.aspx . About Monroe County Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity of Monroe County is a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to building decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in Monroe County, Indiana. Since 1988, this affiliate has built more than 100 homes in partnership with local families. For more information, visit www.monroecountyhabitat.org.