Helping Families in Need

DuPont News, September 14, 2012
Helping Families in Need
As part of Days of Caring, Wilmington-area employees volunteer with a local mental health organization.

A group of Wilmington-area DuPont employees recently participated in a United Way Days of Caring activity for a local mental health organization.

Benito Cachinero-Sanchez, senior vice president of Human Resources and the U.S. Core Human Resources Leadership Team, spent the morning painting the inside of a home in New Castle, Del., provided through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Delaware’s subsidized housing project. As part of the project, affordable housing is offered to those in Delaware who suffer from brain disease or mental illness.

"We learned a lot and we sweated a lot! NAMI’s passionate staff told us how they help people who are likely to be stigmatized rather than embraced by society,” said Benito. “It is a noble cause, and we were delighted to help for half a day. We were able to paint a whole house with two coatings thanks to massive teamwork from the group."

The work the team performed allowed NAMI Delaware to save between $1,800 and $2,000, which they then used to purchase new furniture for the three people who live in the newly painted residence.

“It was a terrific experience. We learned more about NAMI and had fun together while supporting the organization's efforts to improve the subsidized housing they provide for individuals with mental illness,” said Michael Patrick, HR director of Talent Acquisition.

“It was a great way to have a lasting, positive effect on the lives of the three residents,” said Kim Wallenhorst, HR director of Operational Excellence.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Delaware provides support, education, advocacy and housing for persons living in Delaware who suffer from mental illness. NAMI is a non-profit organization that has been in existence for more than 28 years, and they are an organization built on volunteerism. They have used the Days of Caring program to help with major projects that have saved them significant amounts of money that they could then use to better serve their population.