Habitat for Humanity
Eaton Volunteers Build Home in Seven Weeks
Ninety employees from Eaton's Aerospace facility in Jackson, Mississippi, volunteered over 900 hours in a seven-week period during the summer of 2003 to build a Habitat for Humanity home for a single mother of three children.
With a cash gift from Eaton's Charitable Fund, the volunteers (who represented a cross-section of the Eaton team, including management, Engineering, Assembly and Test, Quality, Manufacturing, Marketing,
Finance, Human Resources and more) were joined by student volunteers from Mississippi State University's student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as a volunteer from one of Eaton's customers.
Working side by side with the Eaton team were the family members whose home was being built. Habitat obligates its new homeowners to have volunteered 250 hours on helping to build homes for others before they become eligible for a Habitat house of their own. In addition, new homeowners must complete a series of classes on home repair and maintenance, fire safety, landscaping and money management.
The Jackson-based chapter of Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, international organization that builds low cost housing for the poor in the U.S. and other countries. Habitat is supported primarily by volunteers and contributions.