The Cleveland, Ohio-baed diversified manufacturer Eaton Corp. is contributing $30,000 to Rebuilding Together Oakland County (RTOC) as part of the National Day of Caring, which took place Saturday.
In addition, 50 Eaton employees and their family members donated their time and skills to help improve two community facilities in Southfield — John Grace Community Center and the McDonnell Towers.
“Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is an important part of Eaton’s culture,” said Deborah Kullman, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s automotive controls group. “Participating in events like the National Day of Caring and supporting RTOC are great ways to do just that. Our employee volunteers find it rewarding to work together on project sites during the event day and Eaton’s corporate donation helps to fund additional home and community center repairs for our neighbors during the year. We are very pleased to be part of this effort.”
RTOC is a local affiliate of the national non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together, that is dedicated to preserving affordable home ownership and revitalizing communities. With support from volunteers, the organization provides assistance to low-income homeowners who are elderly, disabled, military veterans, families with children, and unable to complete their home repairs.
“We are extremely thankful for the continued support of Eaton Corporation. For the third consecutive year, Eaton has partnered with RTOC for the Day of Caring event,” said Al Kaczkowski, RTOC executive director. “Eaton leads by example and has helped to recruit additional corporate involvement. Their employees and their families have given generously of their time. And Eaton’s significant monetary contribution helps to purchase materials such as paint, carpeting, electrical, plumbing and landscaping supplies.
Eaton held a breakfast and kick-off event for more than 300 volunteers, including the 50 Eaton employees and family members, on Saturday, May 7 starting at 7:30 a.m. at its campus in Southfield. From there, volunteers went to one of the 45 project sites in Oakland County communities such as Southfield, Pontiac, Farmington, Ferndale and Royal Oak Township. These locations have been designated for improvements where volunteers complete tasks such as painting, yard work, light repairs, general cleaning and safety enhancements to help people maintain their independence.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.