Creating access to more affordable housing through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
I was living in a three-bedroom house with thirteen people. Me and my kids were all in one room and the neighborhood wasn't good, it was kind of rough.
SUPER: Amanda, Habitat For Humanity Homeowner
It seemed like nothing was possible back then because it was such a stressful situation. I felt like there was no hope because I was single with three kids, one job and I was like I have to find some stability for my children.
A cousin of mine came and she gave me a Habitat for Humanity flyer. At first I was like it's too good to be true and I was like Ok, well let me try it out. So they told me everything that I needed and I was on it, I was like not turning back, I was going forward, I'm going to get a house and that's it.
You had to put in 200 hours of sweat equity in Los Angeles and working side by side with Bank of America volunteers was a great experience because they were taking time out of their job to come and care and help a family in need and they were excited and everyone was happy to come and volunteer and help and I was like, this is really cool.
So, I've been owning my own home for four years and it means the world to me because everything I do, I do it for my children-to make sure that they are safe, to make sure that they have stability, to be able to focus on school and what they need to do. So they've been doing great. My girls are on the honor role. My son, he's in eleventh grade now, he's graduating high school in a couple of years so we have to start getting ready for him for college.
I got promoted about a year and a half ago, I'm a Central Service Supervisor now at LAC USC Medical Center. It makes me feel like you’re on the right track, you're doing good mom.
I think the Habitat for Humanity, the work is important because it gives people hope. When I sit back and think about what I went through, it's like, I know I can strive for anything I want now. It's like whatever I set my mind to, I can do it, I know I can.
Amanda is just one of many homeowners that Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity have worked with over the past 30 years. It's one of the ways we're helping local economies thrive.
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The thing that kept going through my head was, "You be awesome. You be amazing. You be whatever you want to be." And I walked out of the shower, and I went up to my wife. I said, "Babe, I've got it: Yoobi." Who here likes surprises? [children cheering] Yoobi is a company that makes bright, colorful stuff for the school, home, or office that gives back. For every Yoobi item you buy, a Yoobi item is donated to a classroom in need right here in the US. It's that simple. Yoobi is a fascinating, colorful company that is for profit and for purpose. It's just one of those brilliant ideas where they're getting kids excited about going to school. This is not a gimmick, this is not just marketing. This is making a difference each and every single day. Having a kid tell you, "This is better than my birthday," it tells us that what we are doing here really matters. (Ido Leffler) We've provided free school supplies to over 2 million kids. And sometimes we get to go to those schools ourselves, and actually give the classroom packs to every single kid in that school. Are you guys ready for your special delivery? [children cheering] Oh, that's awesome. (all) Three, two, one. The average school teacher spends $485 out of his or her pocket every single year on school supplies. And supplies, as small as they are, are very meaningful when it comes to building up the confidence that they can go home and actually do their homework, and come back with something that they can be proud of. There's no reason why a child who goes to school in one zip code should be disadvantaged versus a child in another zip code. (Ana Escobedo) There's nothing more basic than pencils and paper and supplies. And that seems minor to people from the outside, but in the school, it's a reality. And I think Yoobi will bring that perspective that we need support at schools everywhere. For all the crayons you provided to color their dreams, and for the countless hours you dedicate after the closing bell rings, we thank you. Give your teacher a nice big group hug. (Jeffrey Klinger) In many definitions of the word, Ido is just brilliant. He's one of those people that you just want to be around because you know that doing well by him means he's going to do well by others. When I told Jeff about Yoobi, and I told him what we were planning on doing, Jeff and the rest of the Bank of America team turned around and said, "We've got you." We had another banking relationship when we first started. And it was fraught with difficulty. I didn't have crazy high hopes based on previous experiences with other groups. And they not only came through, but they came through in spades. And you know, it's very rare to say that you're friends with your bank. Friends are important. Business is obviously important as well. And when you can combine those, you know, you can lay your head on the pillow at night knowing that what you've done for the day is a good thing. We wouldn't be able to do what we do genuinely if it wasn't for the help of Bank of America. As we've needed to grow the business, scale the business, move into bigger offices, as our international transactions have grown from hundreds of thousands to millions upon millions of dollars, to bringing in millions of dollars worth of products that we're giving away, we can be rest assured our banking needs are done. And that is something that allows us to take our vision and mission and think bigger than we've ever thought before.We partner with Yoobi to help them donate colorful school supplies to over 2 million kids in need. 1359940|enter782|cr-en402 We partner with Yoobi to help them donate colorful school supplies to over 2 million kids in need. 1359940|enter782|2014_859|| 1359940|enter782|2014_581|| " />
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