The Whalen Co., a manufacturer of HVAC vertical stack riser heat-exchanger fan coil units and water-source heat pumps, is investing in affordable home ownership in Talbot County through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

“Partnering with Habitat Choptank gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to our employees and the community we call home,” said Craig Wanner, COO. “Through employee build days, home buyer recruitment workshops, and other Habitat events, we are encouraging our team members to seek life-changing opportunities while connecting with their colleagues.” 

Company build days on the construction sites will enable employees to use their talents and time outside of the workplace to help build sustainable homes and more stable neighborhoods. Recognizing the importance of affordable home ownership for both its employees and the community as a whole, The Whalen Co. has generously stepped forward with a lead contribution for Habitat’s new corporate giving program.

“The heart of every organization is its people,” said Wanner. “With this being our home, we want to give back where we live and work.”

The idea to partner with Habitat came through one of Whalen’s employees, Cecilia Chavez, who recently purchased her first home with an affordable mortgage through Habitat’s home ownership program.

Habitat Choptank began its new strategic plan to expand its mission July 1, 2015. The plan will run through 2019 and is aimed at expanding the organization’s impact through increased home production. The goal is to grow from four homes built or rehabbed a year to eight.

“Increasing the numbers of homes completed each year means increasing every resource: more volunteers, home buyers, land, and funding,” said Emily Lynn, development officer for Habitat Choptank. The nonprofit home builder has launched a corporate sponsor program in order to give business partners a way to actively participate in the Habitat mission and be recognized for their investment in this revitalization work around the Choptank region.