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Community Bankers Contribute to San Antonio Homeownership

San Antonio, Texas (March 9, 2005) - Community bankers from across the country donated $12,000 to Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio yesterday while spending the day working on a home for a local family.

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

"We are thankful for groups such as ICBA that donate their time and money to help build a home for a family in need," said Dennis L. Bechhold, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio. "We will build 50 homes in San Antonio this year, and members of ICBA are helping us get one step closer to accomplishing this goal."

Since its 2001 convention, ICBA has contributed nearly $40,000 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 Dale L. Leighty, president and chairman of First National Bank of Las Animas, Colo. "Expanding homeownership opportunities is good for all families. It makes America's communities and economies stronger. It's good for everyone."

In June, ICBA will work with Habitat for Humanity International on "Hammers Across America," a national build day. Members of ICBA will work on Habitat for Humanity projects across the nation on June 11.

About Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio
HFHSA works with low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford a house. They partner with families in need and help them build affordable houses for themselves and their families at no interest and no profit. HFHSA is not a charity or a "hand out" program, but rather they help families help themselves. As of December 2004, they have built houses with 398 families in need.