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Community Bankers join Habitat at house build

Community Bankers join Habitat at house build

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2005) – America’s Community Bankers and the ACB Housing Partners Foundation joined with Habitat for Humanity Orlando to build a house at its annual convention. This is the fifth year that ACB and the ACB Housing Partners Foundation have built a Habitat for Humanity house in the community that hosts their annual convention. Future Habitat homeowner Raquel Felix and her two young children participated in the activities.

“We are grateful that America’s Community Bankers shares Habitat for Humanity’s concern for families enduring substandard conditions, and that this concern is manifested with active hands, generous donations and compassionate hearts,” said Dee Danmeyer, executive director, Habitat for Humanity Orlando. “Without the support of community minded organizations like ACB, Habitat could not succeed in its mission of eliminating substandard housing.”

Saturday’s build is part of Habitat for Humanity’s Congress Building America program, an initiative between Habitat for Humanity International, the U.S. Congress, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other national corporate and non-profit sponsors. Congress Building America invites members of Congress to partner with their respective Habitat for Humanity affiliate to build houses and raise awareness about the need for affordable housing. ACB is one of Congress Building America’s 15 national underwriters.

ACB has built with Habitat for Humanity at its annual conventions in New Orleans, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., and has been giving back to the community that hosts its annual convention since 1991, when it contributed to So Others Might Eat in Washington, D.C. ACB contributed full sponsorship of Saturday’s build.

“I am so proud of this build here in Orlando,” said Brenda Meyer, vice chair of Housing Partners and wide of F. Weller Meyer, incoming chairman of ACB. “People come here to relax and to take advantage of all the recreational opportunities that Orlando offers. But even in this wonderful place, there is a need for decent, affordable housing, and the Orlando Habitat and its supporters are building it,” she added.

“It is a true pleasure to continue to deepen the partnership of Habitat for Humanity with America’s Community Bankers. Both organizations genuinely are committed to providing opportunities for decent housing for all as essential to ending poverty worldwide,” said Tom Jones, vice president, Habitat for Humanity International. “What happens at this convention symbolizes our intent together truly to make real differences in communities across America.”

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for one million people. www.habitat.org.