Whirlpool Corporation, Indiana University and Monroe County Habitat for Humanity Build Home with the Kell Family in Ten Days


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

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:


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

“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