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Visiting Community Bankers Contribute to San Diego Homeownership

San Diego, Calif. (March 14, 2004) - Community bankers from across the country donated $10,000 to San Diego Habitat for Humanity yesterday while spending the day helping to construct homes for a local family.

The bankers arrived a day early for the National Convention of the Independent Community Bankers of America to volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity project. Assisting local Habitat for Humanity projects has been an ICBA convention tradition since 2001.

"We are so grateful for ICBA's support of our Hickory Street homes, which will help 12 local families in need achieve their dreams of homeownership," said Cheryl Keenan, executive director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. "The 'C' for 'Community' in ICBA certainly rings true, as their volunteer and financial contribution serves to strengthen our community."

To date, ICBA has contributed $25,000 to local Habitat for Humanity chapters to promote homeownership. "Community banks everywhere are deeply involved in helping America's families achieve the universal dream of homeownership," said ICBA Chairman C.R. (Rusty) Cloutier, also the president and CEO of MidSouth Bank, N.A., in Lafayette, La. "Expanding homeownership opportunities is good for all families. It makes America's communities and economies stronger. It's good for everyone."

The ICBA members worked on a project in Escondido, Calif., alongside the project's future homeowners. The Escondido project is a 12-unit attached home development — and San Diego Habitat for Humanity's first multi-family project. San Diego Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical housing organization that builds dignifying, affordable homes in partnership with local families in need.