On October 7, Habitat Kent and local Bank of America Merrill Lynch volunteers participated in the Bank of America Global Build Week by working on a new construction build in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood. This volunteer day is part of the long-standing commitment from Bank of America to help individuals and families achieve home ownership.
“At Bank of America Merrill Lynch we believe in the positive change that affordable housing and home ownership can have on a community,” said Jeff Dykstra, Merrill Lynch financial advisor and Habitat Kent board member. “Our Habitat for Humanity Global Build Week allows our employees to support our partnership with Habitat by rolling up their sleeves and volunteering.”
(Bank of America volunteers lift house framing)
Volunteers from Back of America helped frame the home on 708 Oakland Ave SW that is located a mile from downtown Grand Rapids and across the street from Grand Rapids Public Schools Southwest Community Campus School.
The homebuyer Jasmine is the mother of two boys. and is currently working on her sweat equity hours and Habitat program requirements.
This event is part of the second Global Build Week, an initiative by Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity International to address affordable housing challenges, which launched this year on World Habitat Day (October 5).
“We are truly grateful for Bank of America’s commitment to provide safe and affordable housing to families in Kent County and across the world,” said Barbara Benda, Habitat Kent’s director of resource development. “This day of volunteering is just a glimpse of the many ways Bank of America supports Habitat Kent.
The lack of decent, affordable housing has remained a pervasive national challenge. This is something that’s felt by many individuals and families right here in Kent County.
As part of the Global Build, an estimated 2,000 Bank of America volunteers will help to build or repair homes from right here in the Grand Rapids community, through to 68 other U.S. communities and 7 international cities, including London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Jakarta, Toronto and Mumbai.
(Bank of America and Merrill Lynch volunteers on site)