Honeywell employee volunteers and members of the Robbinsdale Cooper High School football team traded their offices, classrooms and the gridiron for a day of service at the northeast Minneapolis home of U.S. Air Force veteran William Jaskulke and his wife Sharon.
The Jaskulke’s nearly 90-year-old home had been prone to flooding, and after losing his job as a painter last year, Mr. Jaskulke needed help to protect it from further damage. He was referred by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans to Rebuilding Together® Twin Cities, the local chapter of a national organization that provides no-cost home repairs for those in need.
Fifty volunteers, including 40 from Honeywell and 10 from Cooper High School, worked side-by-side with the Jaskulkes to create a French drain, install a new paver sidewalk, repair the deck and install a basement ceiling. Volunteers also gave a fresh coat of paint to the living room, dining room, basement and kitchen cupboards.
Honeywell’s national corporate sponsorship of Rebuilding Together is a Honeywell Hometown Solutions initiative aimed at making life safer and more comfortable for low-income homeowners and communities. Since 2003, Honeywell has supported some 350 projects in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with more than 11,600 employee volunteers. This project in Minneapolis is the latest in a partnership between Honeywell and the high school’s Cooper Cares program, which challenges its student body to complete 10,000 hours of community service annually.