Americus, Ga. - November 9, 2001 - Habitat for Humanity's International Board of Directors has elected Chuck Thiemann of Cincinnati, Ohio, as treasurer of the all-volunteer board for the world's largest nonprofit homebuilder.
"Chuck Thiemann has been helping to build homes and hope for many years," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "I am confident that he will lead this ministry toward the elimination of poverty housing worldwide as treasurer of our international board."
As president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of Cincinnati, Thiemann is a longtime supporter of HFHI's campaign to build simple, decent houses with families in need. Thiemann's work with Habitat began in 1994, when FHLBank sponsored a 100-house project in Kentucky. FHLBank then helped coordinate the 1997 Jimmy Carter Work Project, Hammering in the Hills in Appalachia. Thiemann was named to Habitat's International Board of Directors in 1998 and has since led the nation's 12 FHLBanks to sponsor hundreds of Habitat houses as well as "The House the Federal Home Loan Banks Built" initiative in 1999. The FHLBanks are the largest corporate contributors to Habitat affiliates worldwide, having given more than $56 million to build 10,000 houses.
"It has been an honor to serve as a member of Habitat's international board and to witness this life-changing work in the field," Thiemann said. "I look forward to continuing my work with Habitat in this new role and to providing an opportunity for families to build their own modest, affordable homes."
Thiemann will serve a two-year term as treasurer. Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.