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Visiting Community Bankers Build for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 28, 2014)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today announced that the association will make a donation to Honolulu Habitat for Humanity during an annual build as part of its 2014 annual convention held in Honolulu from March 2-6. The volunteer build day will take place at Habitat for Humanity’s build site on Saturday, March 1.

“Community bankers aren’t strangers to lending a helping hand in their local communities, and traveling to Honolulu during ICBA’s national convention certainly won’t stop that philanthropic passion,” said incoming ICBA Chairman John H. Buhrmaster, president of 1st National Bank of Scotia, NY. “ICBA is delighted that community bankers from across the nation are volunteering their time, talents and energy to help Honolulu Habitat for Humanity build homes for deserving families in Waimanalo.”

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is building six homes in Waimanalo, which community bankers will help construct during their day of service. One of these homes will be for the Joseph family. The Josephs are a young couple with four small children, who live in a bedroom in a relative’s house. The family was qualified for a home with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), until TJ was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer and could no longer work. Now, the Joseph family has the opportunity to have a safe, decent home for all six family members thanks to Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

“In the 25 years we have been building homes with families, we have discovered, at the individual and most basic level, from the demolition of a structurally dangerous home to the construction of a safe, solid structure, that we are doing work that is invaluable,” said Genie Brown, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity executive director. “We experience first-hand the transformative power of bringing stability to people’s lives that is passed down to future generations. Each homeowner and their family obtain a unique sense of pride and accomplishment that brings a better quality of life. Volunteer labor is the heart of our organization, and we are thankful ICBA will come out and help us build.”

For more information about Habitat for Humanity Honolulu, visit www.honoluluhabitat.org.

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