Habitat gets $17,000 grant

mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.comAugust 22, 2013 

Habitat for Humanity-Westside Merced County was awarded $17,000 in grant funds by Bank of America at the Los Banos downtown branch Monday.

The amount being awarded is one of the largest one-time donations the nonprofit has ever received, said Ashlee Williams, development and operations manager for Habitat for Humanity-Westside.

Los Banos Branch Manager Patrick Ho handed the check to Habitat board members and congratulated them on supporting the community through their work.

"We recognize the important work that Habitat Westside and the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative will mean for the local economy and quality of life and are glad to support these efforts," Ho said.

The partnership between Habitat-Westside and Bank of America will support the costs of renovations and reconstruction of properties that will become new homes or repairs for low-income residents.

"We are working on neighborhood revitalization in South Dos Palos, which is an ongoing initiative for the last year and these funds have been designated to improve that neighborhood through critical home repair projects," Williams said.

Projects will begin this fall for many homeowners who are on the waiting list for critical home repair.

Families work alongside Habitat to do their part, Williams added. And to help move things along faster, Bank of America associates from the Merced, Modesto and Fresno area also volunteer at the work site.

"We are very proud and honored to help more families through our neighborhood revitalization initiative," said Ned Ryan, board president. "Thanks to Bank of America for making this possible."

Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209)388-6562 or e-mail mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.com.

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