World Vision is proud to announce the 2023 Crystal Vision Award winners

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SEATTLE (April 6, 2023) — During an award ceremony in Las Vegas on February 1, 2023, the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision recognized leaders in the building materials industry who are helping vulnerable families worldwide build a stronger future. For 23 years, the Crystal Vision Awards have honored building materials manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers who donate essential supplies to World Vision’s Storehouse program, which equips families in the U.S. and around the world to recover and rebuild in the wake of financial crises and natural disasters.

The first of the three awards, the Crystal Vision Award, is presented to a manufacturing company that has supported World Vision’s Storehouse over the last five to seven years. The 2023 Crystal Vision Award winner is LIXIL, a pioneering water and housing product manufacturer that solves everyday, real-life challenges.

The Partnership Award recognizes companies that have brought exceptional value to the Storehouse program over the last three to five years. This year’s Partnership Award went to The Commonwealth Group, a premier buying group in the plumbing, PVF, HVAC, waterworks and irrigation industry.

“When disasters strike, they often push the most vulnerable people even further into poverty,” said Larry Noble, World Vision’s national director for corporate partnerships. “Through the generosity of donors like LIXIL and The Commonwealth Group, World Vision has been able to help these families rebuild their homes and their lives by providing essential building materials and supplies. We proudly recognize LIXIL and The Commonwealth Group’s significant contributions to this work.”

World Vision also honored Cindy Howley, director of stewardship at Kohler, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual who has consistently gone above and beyond to support World Vision’s mission. Over her 43-year tenure at Kohler, Cindy has guided and overseen the provision of vital resources and critical support to families in need worldwide.

“Cindy started Kohler’s stewardship program in 2010, unleashing the passion of Kohler associates to give back to communities worldwide through volunteering and fundraising,” said Noble. “After her global travels revealed the lack of safe water and sanitation and the burden it placed on women and girls, Cindy developed Kohler’s Safe Water for All program. The program harnesses Kohler’s expertise to impact 2.1 billion people worldwide with safe water and unlock the potential of women and girls to lead healthy and productive lives.”

Last year, nearly 500 U.S. corporations partnered with World Vision to equip families in need with essential resources. Through donated products such as building materials, clothing, household goods and educational materials, World Vision is able to provide immediate support when disaster strikes and help families rebuild for the future. With the generous help of donors in the U.S., in 2022 alone, World Vision responded to 59 disasters in 52 countries, assisting 27.7 million people.

About World Vision:
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit or follow on Twitter @WorldVisionUSA.