Sounds of hammers on nails and saws whirring through wood were heard all across Ohio this fall, as part of Bank of America’s Global Build Day partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The event was the bank’s second Global Build Week, kicking off on United Nations’ World Habitat Day. Builds took place in 61 U.S. communities and seven international cities including London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Jakarta, Manila, Toronto and Mumbai.
In Ohio three coordinated builds took place in Lowellville, Cleveland and Columbus. Dozens of volunteers from Bank of America worked with Habitat for Humanity MidOhio, Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley.
Karen, a soon-to-be homeowner in Columbus, is a home health care professional who also works in the housekeeping industry. Even with her busy schedule as a single mother of four, she has already completed a quarter of her ‘sweat equity’ requirements, since being accepted into the program in December, 2014. Habitat for Humanity requires their homeowners to dedicate a set amount of hours to building their homes and investing in their self-improvement.
In Lowellville, homeowner Alyssa Mamula and her three sons had been diligently working though the Habitat program for 14 months. Alyssa, who works at a local eye care business, and her family have completed more than 350 hours of volunteer work and 25 hours of homeownership classes.
Bank volunteers also worked with Habitat in Cleveland on a critical home repair project.
The Global Build Week is just one example of the bank’s broader commitment to building stronger communities and stabilizing local economies. Overall Bank of America has invested $233,000 in grants in Ohio to help individuals and families regain and maintain financial stability through access to affordable housing and financial coaching.