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Hagerstown Resident Helps Build 10 Houses in One Week

Hagerstown Resident Helps Build 10 Houses in One Week

Charles Paul, a local Hagerstown resident, has traveled to Nashville along with nearly 300 volunteers nationwide, to help construct 10 Habitat for Humanity houses in one week on one block in Nashville, Tenn.
"It is amazing to be here in Nashville and see the work that can be done in just one week," said Paul. "Whirlpool(r) Building Blocks makes a difference, not only in the lives of the 10 families buying these houses, but in all of our communities as we join together to advocate with our hammers for simple, decent affordable housing."
The event is the inaugural Whirlpool(r) Building Blocks project, an initiative created by the company to raise awareness of the affordable housing crisis and to help eliminate substandard housing in the United States. The build started November 5 and ended on November 10.
Entertainment icon Reba McEntire helped launch the program.
The Whirlpool(r) Building Blocks event is designed to raise awareness and to help eliminate substandard housing in the United States. Each year Whirlpool will recognize an outstanding Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States and its relationship with its local community by holding a weeklong build in that affiliate's community.
"Whirlpool is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity and for the opportunity to have helped thousands of American families," said Jeff Terry, director, Corporate Commitments for Whirlpool. "Whirlpool(r) Building Blocks will help 10 families in Nashville achieve the dream of homeownership while spreading the vision of decent housing for everyone, everywhere. This event has been a huge success, and we look forward to another build next year with another deserving community."
In addition to recognizing outstanding Habitat affiliates, the event also recognizes outstanding Habitat volunteers from across the country.
One hundred high-performing Habitat affiliates from all 50 states were asked to nominate an individual who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to improving the community through Habitat. Charles Paul was selected to represent Habitat for Humanity of Washington County.
Charles Paul began volunteering with Habitat nearly two years ago when he joined a blitz-build. Since then, he has signed on as a construction manager and currently serves on the affiliate Building Committee. Paul has been involved in the construction of four Habitat homes with the Washington County Habitat affiliate.
Whirlpool is one of Habitat for Humanity's largest corporate partners.
The company donates a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. Every year, thousands of Whirlpool employees volunteer their own time to Habitat builds around the country. The partnership began in 1999, and Whirlpool plans to support every new Habitat home built globally by 2011, either through product donations, cash or home sponsorship. The company is making an additional $1.5 million commitment to fund this year's build in Nashville.
About Habitat for Humanity of Washington County Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is an independent, nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that partners with people of all beliefs. Habitat for Humanity of Washington County has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1994 and has built 24 homes.
For more information about the local organization or to get involved, call the Habitat office at 301-791-9009 or email hfhwc@att.net.

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