Habitat For Humanity Build

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Established in 2010, Kelley has worked together with Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, Habitat for Humanity International, and Whirlpool Corporation to participate in a community home blitz build. Students, staff, and faculty are invited each fall to volunteer with us to build a home and community together. No experience required.

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Volunteers from the Kelley School of Business at the 2022 Whirlpool Habitat Build hold the snacks provided to the volunteer teams.

Kelley thanks our friends at Aldi for generously providing snacks for the 2022 build.

Watch the build

See Kelley students, faculty, and staff at work during the 2021 Whirlpool Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build.

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Courtney Bidwell, Director, Kelley Institute for Social Impact:
The Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build is a really neat partnership between the Kelley School of Business, Habitat for Humanity, and Whirlpool Corporation. It's a wonderful opportunity for everybody to get together and build a house for a family in need. Our students get to work on the house, Whirlpool sponsors it, which is wonderful, and Habitat provides all of the expertise and the knowledge and the know-how.

Wendi Goodlett, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County:
The Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build is a construction project that we just do in a condensed amount of time. So we have about 10 to 14 days that we built our house in.

Deb O'Connor, Director of Corporate Reputation and Community Relations, Whirlpool Corporation:
This started when our former CEO, who went to IU, decided, hey, why don't we build at IU, and bring some students in. And maybe we'll bring some of our employees over so they can work side by side.

Josh Gildea, Senior Lecturer of Marketing, MBA Business Marketing Academy Director, Fettig/Whirlpool Distinguished Lecturer:
For me to be a part of this build is a huge opportunity to join with our student body and to do something good for our community.

Dani Regalado, BS'22:
It's important to me to get off campus and get my hands dirty. And it's just awesome knowing that my actions are actually impacting the community positively.

Courtney Bidwell:
I know affordable housing is a huge issue in Bloomington. This build, in particular, is a great way, I think, to introduce our students to that concept, and not just the problems but how they can be part of the solution.

Taren Porter, BS'22, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Net Impact IUB Co-President:
It's really a hands-on way for me to do something about one of the problems in the world.

Davis Aufdembrink, BS'22, President of Civic Leadership Development:
I just think volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and develop some skills along the way as well.

Wendi Goodlett:
This year's build is different than any that we've done in the past. We usually build the house on campus and move it.

Courtney Bidwell:
So usually we're constricted by the size house that we can move down the road when it's done. This year, we're not. So we're building a five-bedroom house for a big family. This is also the largest house we've ever built.

Marc Bitzer, CEO, Whirlpool Corporation:
Being on a build is always a very emotional experience. You work alongside the families. In this case, Javier and Veronica and their five children. And it's just a fantastic experience.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International:
This is where it's not just a theoretical idea. You see the tangible difference and the transformation that's going to happen that's going to be intergenerational.

Deb O'Connor:
This is part of a Build Better with Whirlpool Program. It builds homes that are more energy-efficient and climate-resilient. And, lastly, we're excited because this is actually the kickoff of a world tour. We've expanded our work with Habitat for Humanity around the globe. And this is the very beginning of it.

H. Shanker Krishnan, Professor of Marketing, Kelley School of Business:
Coming out of the pandemic, it feels like a lot of people are struggling. And it's a really, really good opportunity to give something back.

Shawna Meyer-Niederman, Associate Director, Kelley Institute for Social Impact:
We love our partnership with Whirlpool Corp. It's a great way to show our students that you can make a difference through business.

Erik Sullivan, BS'23:
It's really cool to step off campus and be a part of something that's obviously bigger than us.

Andrew Davis, BS'23:
After everything that this school has done for me, I'm just so excited that I can give back to the community.

Joshua Gildea:
This is a big part of the fabric of who we are as a school and a community. And it makes all the difference in the world.

Courtney Bidwell:
So a huge thank you to Whirlpool Corporation, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County.

Shawna Meyer-Niederman:
We couldn't do it without the support of all of you. And we're so excited to have over 300 volunteers help contribute.

Wendi Goodlett:
Thank you to all our volunteers, the Whirlpool Corporation, and IU's Kelley School of Business.

Jonathan Reckford:
And thank you to all of the people who've come out and help make a dream possible for Javier and Veronica, as we work towards a time where every family has a safe, decent, affordable place to live.


Get involved

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County here.

It’s no coincidence that Kelley works with Whirlpool.

Its CFO, Jim Peters, is a proud Kelley MBA.

Jim Peters with the 2018 recipients of the Habitat/Whirlpool Build home.

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