Whirlpool Hosted Chicago Ideas Week Lab Highlighting the Heartbreaking Reality Facing Students Nationwide – Lack of Access to Clean Clothes
Education has a laundry problem and Whirlpool is fighting back. Did you know that according to teachers nationwide 1 in 5 students don’t have access to clean clothes? Dirty clothes lead to students missing school and students who miss school are seven times more likely to drop out. The Care Counts™ laundry program, established in 2015, is committed to helping remove one small but important barrier to attendance – access to clean clothes – by installing washers and dryers in schools.
It started with Colonel James Findlay, who built a road and stockade in the area to transport and shelter his troops during the War of 1812. This stockade was later named Fort Findlay in his honor, with the town of the same name sprouting up after the war. Decades later, the town of Findlay was a stop for slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad. From the 1880s until the early 20th century, the area was a booming center of oil and gas production.
On August 14th, several Whirlpool Corporation employees went to Lafayette, Indiana to take part in a build for Habitat Humanity. The house will be the new home for a single mother and her son. One of the volunteers who worked on the project was Global Information Systems employee Rex Pennington.
“As soon as I saw this opportunity, I signed up for it because I really love Habitat,” said Pennington. “It’s an organization that’s near and dear to my heart. I like that it’s a “hand up” and not a “handout” philosophy.”
Whirlpool Corporation is celebrating its 20-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity this year, as well as the 10th year it has participated in the Indiana University one-week blitz build held annually on their campus in Bloomington, Indiana, in conjunction with the Kelley School of Business.
Nearly 3000 Whirlpool Corporation employees will join together in volunteer efforts across the globe as part of the company’s inaugural Global Community Day. The day of community service will take place September 16 – 30.
Stemming from the annual Community Day established in 2017 by the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, Whirlpool Corporation’s Global Community Day will activate employees in 15 countries, with volunteer efforts focused on creating more vibrant communities through health and wellness, safe and sustainable housing and enhancing education.
Further proving its reputation as a company with a longstanding commitment to corporate responsibility, Whirlpool Corporation was ranked among the top 50 companies on the 2019 Global CR RepTrak. This annual study, conducted by the Reputation Institute, recognizes the 100 companies with the best corporate responsibility reputations in the world. This is the seventh consecutive year that Whirlpool Corporation has appeared on the Global CR RepTrak 100 ranking.
Whirlpool Corporation’s Integrated Supply Chain organization is once again being honored for its leadership in the categories of freight supply-chain energy and environmental performance. The company was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® Excellence Award for a fifth consecutive year.
In 1833, residents founded the town of Ottawa, Ohio, and named it in honor of the Native American Ottawa people, who once had a village at the site. Since that time, it has remained primarily agricultural, with more than 90 percent of Putnam County, where the town resides, under cultivation.
In this peaceful Midwestern town of fewer than 5,000 residents, lies Whirlpool Corporation’s Ottawa operations, where freezers have been manufactured since the early 1990s. More than 400 employees produce products there for multiple brands under the Whirlpool umbrella.
Two Whirlpool Corp. Employees Honored for New St. Joseph City Ordinance at EQMI Annual Gala.
The Equality Michigan Fall Reception on Friday, Sept. 13 was attended by 400 people and resulted in record-breaking fundraising for the annual gala. Emceed by WDIV-Detroit reporter Hank Winchester, the EQMI event hosted speakers including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, as well as keynote speaker, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.