Celebrating our fourth Global Build in Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

For more than 30 years, Bank of America has advanced economic and social progress through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity. In September 2017, we kicked off our fourth Habitat Global Build, a week-long initiative to build affordable housing and engage in other community projects around the world. The week is a testament to the dedication of our volunteers who roll up their sleeves alongside working families and community partners to create secure, affordable housing for those in need.

2017 Global Build

The 2017 build and revitalization projects were planned in more than 90 communities across six countries ― China/Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. ― engaging more than 2,500 employees, the largest number of employee volunteers to date. Within each community, builds had their own unique aspects that can include additional partners and themes:

  • In Atlanta, Ga, three veterans groups ― Team Red, White, & Blue, Wounded Warrior, and VETLANTA ― assisted Bank of America volunteers to construct a home. They worked together to build exterior and interior walls, install a front deck, and complete other related tasks.
  • In Buffalo, N.Y., volunteers worked in conjunction with McKinley High School’s vocational program. Leading up to the build, McKinley students constructed modular home pieces that were transported and installed during the build week.
  • In APAC, our Hong Kong volunteers once again supported senior citizens in their community by restoring an elderly community home. The volunteers focused on updating bedrooms, installing new light fixtures, and retouching the paint on the walls. The build impacted nearly 200 senior citizens living in the group home.

Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is one of the world’s largest housing-focused nonprofits, with nearly 1,400 local affiliates in 70 countries around the world. We’ve partnered with Habitat for more than 30 years, investing nearly $80 million in funding to help create affordable housing, as well as volunteer efforts in local markets and regions.

Each year, employees generously give around 35,000 hours in volunteer time, support Habitat affiliates through board service, and lead home build initiatives and financial literacy training for future homeowners. During the 2016 Global Build, more than 2,000 Bank of America employees volunteered with Habitat in 85 communities across nine countries.

“Stable, affordable housing is fundamental for families and individuals to create a pathway to long-term success,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “Our partnership with Habitat is a great example of how our collective efforts ― from funding to volunteer engagement ― result in life-changing opportunities for those in need.”

10/10/2017


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