Rebuilding For Stronger Communities
April 20, 2015
More than 24 million low-income homeowners live in the U.S. This includes the elderly, the handicapped, and veterans. Barely able to make ends meet, some of these individuals often must choose between putting food on the table, paying for vital medication, or fixing a leaky roof. Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s global citizenship initiative, offers help through its partnership with Rebuilding Together®, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that helps rebuild/refurbish homes, schools and community centers for those in need.
During one recent project, employee volunteers from Honeywell’s UOP manufacturing site in Mobile, Ala., celebrated their 50-year anniversary in the community and became a part of the solution by helping to revitalize the Paul Devine Park and Chickasaw Pool in partnership with Rebuilding Together and the City of Chickasaw.
“We have been trying to accomplish these repair and renovation works for many years but with budget restraints we were not able to get very far,” said Chickasaw Mayor Byron Pittman, who attended the event. “This park and pool has been in the city for more than 50 years and many Honeywell employees grew up playing and learning here. Today they are excited that with these repairs, they have prepared this park for next generation to come.”
Rains could not dampen the spirit of the 30 volunteers who performed a wide range of repairs and enhancements to the park, supported by a $30,000 grant from Honeywell Hometown Solutions for supplies and materials. Repairs included roof replacement, wheelchair seating at the public amphitheater, painting, landscaping and many other renovations.
“I would like to say thank you and express how grateful the city and its people are for the contribution and hard work. Our additions to the park will be used for years and enjoyed by many,” said William Bush, Mobile resident and Honeywell employee.
More to come!
Since 2003, approximately 17,500 Honeywell volunteers have repaired more than 500 homes and nonprofit centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. This spring, Honeywell will participate in several more 2015 Rebuilding Together projects in the communities where we work and play, including:
• South Bend, IN
• Minneapolis, MN
• Raleigh, NC
• Cedar Rapids, IA
• Phoenix, AZ
• Plymouth, MI
Follow us on Twitter at @Hon_Citizenship to learn more about these and other projects to be held this year.