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O-I employees team up with Habitat for Humanity of Wood County to build playhouses

The Cocoon Shelter and North Baltimore Community Learning Center receive playhouses built through Habitat for Humanity of Wood County’s Project Playhouse.


BOWLING GREEN, OH (September, 2017) — Owens-Illinois, Inc. (O-I) employees and Habitat for Humanity of Wood County teamed up to build two playhouses for children in need. Through Habitat’s Project Playhouse program, children at The Cocoon Shelter and North Baltimore Community Learning Center will have a new playhouse to call “home.”


O-I employees contributed over $2500 to fund the two playhouses. Volunteers participated in rough and finish carpentry, painting, and roofing as part of their Project Playhouse work.

“O-I is excited to be able to increase our community outreach with a focus on volunteerism in Wood County and the Greater Toledo area. Our engineering and research and development organizations chose to put their technical skills to work for those in need in our community by partnering with Habitat and building playhouses. This will truly be a team effort to help families and kids in need,” said Jennifer Vancil, O-I Sr. Specialist Government and Community Affairs.


The Cocoon Shelter and North Baltimore Community Learning Center were thrilled to receive the donated playhouses.


“With all the pressures our students feel daily, whether it be nerves about the next big test, stressors at home, or in some cases, where they will get their next meal, it is such a rare opportunity to give the kids the simple gift of ‘play.’ No tablet, no charger, no headphones, and no TV needed; just a bit of outdoors and little imagination. We, at the CLC, and North Baltimore, are so thankful for this exciting and long-lasting gift, which will give North Baltimore students endless hours of carefree fun,” said Susan Spencer, Director of Community Learning Centers.


Project Playhouse is a program of Habitat for Humanity that seeks to engage volunteers and community members in construction-related activities throughout the year.


“We are always looking for ways to keep volunteers’ construction skills sharp, even in between home build projects. Through programs like Project Playhouse, we’re able to develop and maintain the construction skills we need to build homes while also benefitting the community at large,” said Kristen Jenkinson, Community Outreach Director for Habitat for Humanity of Wood County.


Dunipace Buildings have generously signed on to donate equipment and labor to move the playhouses to their permanent locations after last Friday’s dedication celebration.



About Habitat for Humanity of Wood County

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County partners with people in Wood County, Ohio and all over the world to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity of Wood County has built 37 homes. For more information, visit



About O-I

Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world’s largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world’s leading food and beverage brands. The Company had revenues of $6.7 billion in 2016 and employs more than 27,000 people at 79 plants in 23 countries. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. For more information, visit

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