Date: December 18, 2006
Eaton Donates $35,000 to Benefit Habitat for Humanity
JACKSON, Miss. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today it has donated $35,000 to support Habitat for Humanity Metro Jackson, Inc. Eaton’s grant will be used to sponsor the construction of a home at 705 Silas Brown, Jackson, Miss.
“We value Eaton’s longstanding partnership and commitment to our mission of helping to improve the lives of people in the community,” said Cindy Griffin, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson. “It’s a fulfilling experience when people pull together to give a family a hand-up.”
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson builds affordable, decent homes for low-income families. The process begins with a homeowner-selection process that chooses applicants who have a need to improve their housing situation and have the ability to pay modest monthly mortgages. Applicants must be willing to work 250 "sweat equity" hours on the construction of their home, attend homeowner classes, fully participate in a partnership with Habitat staff, sponsors, and volunteers, and commit to maintaining their Habitat home and community. Eaton’s gift provides sponsorship for the home in Jackson to cover the cost of building materials and professional labor.
Eaton employees in Jackson have supported Habitat for Humanity for 20 years by volunteering on construction projects. Since 2003, they have contributed $92,000 to the organization.
“We’re proud to be partners with such an outstanding organization and to be in a position to make a positive contribution to our community,” said Rick Busch, general manager, Eaton’s Jackson facility. “Our employees have a great tradition of helping those less fortunate and this shows what they’re willing to do.”
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson develops partnerships to build healthy, affordable homes with and for people in need, promotes self-reliance through homeownership, affirms the dignity of the family and creates sustainable communities. For more information about Habitat visit www.habitat.org.
Eaton’s facility in Jackson, part of the company’s aerospace business, employs approximately 550 people who design and manufacture a variety of hydraulic components and systems found on commercial and military aircraft, marine and defense vehicles around the world.
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. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.