MILWAUKEE, WI ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today it has donated $15,000 to support local community organizations, including $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity, $5,000 to Special Olympics and $5,000 to the YMCA's Black Achievers in Business and Industry program.
Habitat for Humanity provides the opportunity for home ownership to families unable to qualify for a traditional mortgage because of income level. Last summer, 18 Eaton employees helped build a house in the Milwaukee area. Between 2003 and 2005, Eaton contributed a total of $14,000 to Habitat for Humanity. This year the funds will be used to underwrite costs of a home to be built in Milwaukee near the Eaton facility at 4201 N. 27th Street.
The Special Olympics' year-round training and sports competitions help build self-esteem, foster courage and self-confidence and improve friendships while helping athletes prepare for independent living. Eaton employees and retirees actively volunteer at local Special Olympic events and have served as coaches and mentors to the athletes. Eaton is committed to the mission and values of the Special Olympics and contributed $5,000 to the Special Olympics in 2005 in addition to the countless volunteer hours contributed by employees and retirees.
The YMCA's Black Achievers in Business and Industry program arranges for volunteers to work with elementary, middle and high school students for one year in one of three program areas: careers, academics or leadership development. Black Achievers are selected based on their professional efforts, character and dedication to community service. Through the academic focus, the organization provides mentoring, tutoring, college preparation workshops and an annual college tour. During 2005, 100% of the senior participants of Teen Achievers graduated from high school. Volunteers and corporate funding that work to improve the statistics of graduation rates of African American youth made this possible. Eaton employees and retirees have dedicated time as mentors, conducted workshops, and serve on the Board of Directors and as Steering Committee members.
"Eaton is committed to partnering with community agencies that provide assistance to those who are underserved," said Amy Spiker, Eaton's Human Resources manager. "By providing needed financial assistance and the work of Eaton volunteers, we strive to improve the quality of life in our communities."
The Eaton facility is the headquarters for Eaton Electrical's Industrial Control Division as well as Eaton's Innovation Center. ICD and IC are proud to call Milwaukee home and employ approximately 230 employees at the site. Each year Eaton and its employees donate over $100,000 locally to the United Way and other community organizations.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2005 sales of $11.1 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 60,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries.