FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Visiting Community Bankers Build for Honolulu Habitat
Honolulu (March 3, 2007)—Community bankers from across the country converted their home lending know-how into hands on homebuilding to construct a family's homestead in the Papakolea neighborhood in conjunction with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.
The build is held in connection with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) National Convention and Techworld, March 4-7 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu.
"Building a Habitat for Humanity home is truly one of the greatest works of community service community bankers can perform," said Terry J. Jorde, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of CountryBank USA, Cando N.D. "Today we're seeing one example of what community bankers do every day and what happens when community bankers come together to work on behalf of the people and small businesses in their communities."
"We greatly appreciate when volunteers take time to work with us," said Anne Marie Beck, executive director of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. "For this particular project, we're rebuilding a house that five generations of a single family have called home. Now future generations of this same family will also have safe, decent and affordable housing."
ICBA also announced that it is donating $15,000 to the efforts of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.
About Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing on Oahu. Honolulu Habitat uses donations and volunteer labor to build homes affordable to low income families. Each family is required to participate in the building process of their own home and the home of at least one other Habitat family.