Whirlpool worker, Habitat advocate urges volunteerism during holidays
Nov 28, 2012 | 637 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(Editor’s Note: The following “Letter to the Editor” was written just prior to the start of the Thanksgiving holidays. Please see the editorial “Reaching out to Haiti,” on this page).

To The Editor:

As we wrap up the month of November and can see December on the horizon, the spirit of giving is upon us once again. The many holidays that come during the next two months encourage us to be thankful and to give back to others who are less fortunate.

I hope my story of giving will inspire others in the Cleveland area to take time out over the next month or year, and to give back to our community or to a larger global issue.

On Nov. 23, I will travel to Leogane, Haiti, the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake, for a week with three of my co-workers to build Habitat for Humanity homes for Haitian families who were left homeless after the natural disaster. Many neighborhoods are still suffering three years later and the devastation is heartbreaking.

I am lucky that through my job at Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool Cleveland Division), we are given the chance to volunteer for the program, called the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Whirlpool has a partnership with Habitat that enables Whirlpool employees to sign up and participate in local builds, as well as for the Haiti trip. I got involved because I want to give back for all that I am thankful for.

Even if your workplace does not offer a way to give back, there are plenty of resources available in Cleveland that will guide you to the right organization.

For example, VolunteerMatch.org can point you to a number of places with information about giving back this time of year. You don’t need to go all the way to Haiti to show your commitment; only one hour of your time or two cans of soup from your pantry can make a difference to someone in need.

Please give back this holiday season, and not only will the lives of people you help improve, but the rewarding feeling after volunteering is unlike anything else.

— Ray Aubrey

Materials, Group Leader

Whirlpool Cleveland Division