Date: January 29, 2008
Eaton Donates $62,000 To Community Organizations In Jackson
JACKSON, Miss. …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today it donated $62,000 to benefit community organizations in Jackson, including $32,000 to Habitat for Humanity® (HFH) Metro Jackson Inc., $15,000 to Junior Achievement of Mississippi Inc. (JA) and $15,000 to Stewpot Community Services.
HFH 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 a minimum of 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. The funds will be used to build Eaton’s sixth Habitat house as a sponsor or co-sponsor. The homeowner is a grandmother that has custody of her four grandchildren since losing her daughter to pneumonia last September.
The mission of JA is to strive to ensure that every child in Mississippi has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system in order to improve the quality of their lives. JA programs currently involve approximately 8,000 young people annually, in numerous counties throughout Mississippi. Programs are primarily provided through in-school, class-room activities and are available to public, private, and parochial schools.
The Metro Jackson area is where the largest concentration of students are reached and the Jackson Public School District, the largest school district in the state, has always been JA’s largest school partner in providing the benefits of JA programs to the district's children.
Funds will be used to reach over 600 children and will purchase necessary classroom materials and provide training for classroom volunteers.
Stewpot Community Services is a volunteer-based organization that provides food, clothing, shelter and nurturing care to children, elderly, disabled and poor persons in the communities of Metro Jackson. Starting as a simple soup kitchen in 1981, it has developed into an organization that offers additional assistance including counseling and children's programs. Eaton volunteers have provided the meals at Stewpot’s Brumfield Homeless Shelter once each month for more than 20 years, working very closely with Rev. Donnell Flowers. Funds will be used for Stewpot’s Flowers Emergency Shelter, named in memory of Rev. Flowers, to provide much-needed shelter for homeless women with children.
"Eaton recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities in which we do business," said Rick Busch, general manager, Eaton’s Jackson facility. "We are proud to partner with these organizations that provide valuable support and life-enriching services to the citizens of Jackson and the surrounding areas."
Eaton’s aerospace facility in Jackson, part of the company’s Fluid Power Group, employs approximately 550 people who manufacture hydraulic products for aerospace, marine and defense industries.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 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 64,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.