Bank of America: Creating 40 Days of Caring with HomeAid to help the homeless.
By Jeff Slavin
Bank of America has been a steadfast supporter of HomeAid America since 2004 and we are so thankful for their continuing support. Over the past eight years of our partnership, the bank has contributed approximately $2 million to HomeAid America and HomeAid Chapters, providing continuous and unwavering support to help house families and individuals in need.
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for today’s homeless that builds and renovates multi-unit shelters for America’s temporarily homeless families and individuals, more than one million of whom are children, while they rebuild their lives.
Founded in 1989 by the Orange County chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA/ SC), an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), HomeAid has expanded throughout the country to 18 chapters in 12 states.
HomeAid has provided housing for more than 150,000 individuals, who have been rendered temporarily homeless due to circumstances beyond their control, including: Abused children, victims of domestic violence, at-risk teens, people living with HIV/AIDS, those who are temporarily out of work, victims of natural disasters and other catastrophes, veterans suffering from posts traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses.
Through the generosity of America’s builders, their trade partners and suppliers, financial institutions, and the public, HomeAid has built more than 300 multi-unit shelters with an additional 40 in development.
HomeAid America is entering into 2013 with a $250,000 two-year grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation which will fund Chapter Support, financial literacy education in partnership with agency partners and HomeAid Chapters, and Days of Caring volunteer service projects throughout 2013 and 2014. Through these events, HomeAid Chapters nationwide will enlist Bank of America employees to volunteer their time and talent to, help support activities such as Essentials for Young Lives, Painting a Better Tomorrow, Landscaping and Maintenance activities and much more.
In addition to the bank’s financial contributions to HomeAid, many Bank of America executives are taking on leadership roles with Chapters across the country.
In 2013, Bill Balfour, Senior Vice President of Bank of America’s Commercial Real Estate Banking will be taking on a leadership role at HomeAid Orange County as President of the Board. Bill was a board member of HomeAid Northern California and was instrumental in securing a national partnership with HomeAid America and its Chapters across the country. Bill’s focus in 2013 will be strategically implementing a $6,250,000 investment from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County to develop critically needed emergency shelter for homeless families in Orange County.
Jason Bell, Vice President in Commercial Real Estate Banking joined the HomeAid Houston board in 2012 and has already had a significant impact on the Houston chapter. Serving as the board’s treasurer, he has worked with the chapter’s auditor, to ensure a clean audit and is working to review and revamp financial policies and procedures. Bell, a marathoner, has connected the chapter to the Houston Marathon, with the hope of establishing HAH as a “charity of choice” for this premiere running event. HomeAid Houston will partner with Bank of America in 2013 to create and donate “HomeAid Care Kits’ to local agencies that provide services to the chronically homeless. These kits will contain basic necessities for the homeless and will be assembled on site at the agencies, enabling the Bank of America participants to see and meet the population they are serving.
Greg Carter Senior Vice President in Commercial Real Estate Banking at the bank was recently elected to serve as Secretary on the HomeAid Northern Virginia Board of Directors. While Bank of America has been involved with the Northern Virginia chapter for many years, Carter is new to the Board and HomeAid’s impact in the Northern Virginia region. In addition to Board service, Bank of America has strongly supported the programs and operations of HomeAid Northern Virginia –both from the corporate marketing side as well as through the Foundation. The Northern Virginia chapter operates the Women Giving Back program in which they collect professional clothing and distribute to women in shelters who are employed or seeking employment. This program is an excellent way for Bank employees to give back to the Northern Virginia community.
Jeffrey A. Slavin is chief executive officer of HomeAid America and has been involved with HomeAid for 14 years. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.