August 19, 2016
Company contact: Katie Kight
707-462-6613 Ext 1308
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Savings Bank Donates $10,000 to Habitat For Humanity Fire Rebuild Fund
A $10,000 donation has been made by Savings Bank to the Habitat For Humanity Lake County Fire Rebuild Fund. A portion of this donation is being made on behalf of their customers who participated in the “Let’s Rebuild Together…” eStatements campaign from May 1, 2016 – July 30, 2016. Through this campaign, Savings Bank provided customers an opportunity to help support the Lake County 2015 fire recovery efforts by switching to eStatements. The Bank pledged to make a donation for every paper statement that was switched to eStatements and kicked-off the campaign with an initial contribution in recognition of the customers who had already switched. Additionally, Savings Bank increased the donation in response to the Clayton Fire which began August 13, 2016.
“It breaks my heart to know that while Habitat For Humanity was working to help others rebuild after the 2015 fires, they encountered the devastation of losing their office to the Clayton Fire just a few days ago,” said Katie Kight, Savings Bank Marketing Officer. “Richard Birk and Tammy Brigham are in good spirits. Although they are experiencing a minor pause in providing services, they are determined to find temporary office space and resume assisting others in need as soon as possible.”
Habitat for Humanity serves low income households who partner with the organization in the building process. All homes are energy efficient, with green building practices and appropriate low energy appliances. Lake County Habitat for Humanity pledges that all funds received for the Fire Rebuild Fund will go 100% to the rebuilding of homes for qualified low-income Lake County families who have been impacted by the fires.
Savings Bank of Mendocino County is accepting tax deductible monetary donations for the following organizations in response to the Clayton Fire; Habitat For Humanity Lake County Fire Rebuild Fund, North Coast Opportunities Wildfire Relief Fund and the Lake County Wine Alliance – #LakeCountyRising.
Habitat for Humanity Lake County’s has established the Wildfire Rebuild Fund to facilitate in the efforts to rebuild the homes of those low-income homeowners impacted by this summer’s Valley, Rocky, and Jerusalem fires. With an estimated 20% of those affected having been uninsured, the need for funds to rebuild is great. Habitat’s initial fundraising goal for the rebuilding of homes is one million dollars, but much more will be required for the long-term recovery of our community.
If you would like to donate to HfH Lake’s Fire Home Rebuild and Repair Fund, you may do so with a credit card on our website at http://www.lakehabitat.org/?page_id=415 or by mail to Habitat for Humanity Lake County, PO Box 1830, Lower Lake CA 95457. For more information regarding donations, or for the tax ID number, please call 707-994-1100 x104. Please be generous and help rebuild Lake County!
Supported by funding from the Home Depot Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Lake County is still accepting applications for their Veteran’s Repair Program. Previous Veteran’s Repair Program efforts have provided eligible clients with roof repair, electrical and plumbing repair, wheelchair ramps and wheelchair lifts, repairs to decking and windows, as well as accessibility adjustments made throughout the home such as widened doorways, grab bars, and handicap accessible showers, tubs, and toilets. To qualify, applicants must be honorably discharged, low income military veterans who either own their home or permanently reside with another family member who owns their home. Time is limited for this program, so all eligible applicants are urged to apply as soon as possible.
For more information about this program, for questions regarding qualification, or to get an application, please contact the Habitat for Humanity office at 16285 A Main St, in Lower Lake, visit our website at www.lakehabitat.org, or call at 707-994-1100.
Work on Habitat for Humanity Lake County’s 19th home, located in Clearlake, is under way, and the soon to be homeowners couldn’t be happier. The O’Keefe family had not dared to dream that owning a home would be possible in Lake County’s depressed economy, but the desire for a safe, stable, affordable place to raise their three children, ages Jordan, Judah, and Zoey, has always been foremost in their minds. When the opportunity to apply for Habitat’s Homeownership program arose, they decided to take a shot.
Says Joe, “There are so many in Lake County who cannot afford to buy a home. Habitat’s program is the chance of a lifetime and I’m super excited about this opportunity for my family.”
“We are blessed and lucky to have this chance,” adds Amber. “It’s amazing that such an opportunity exists for families in Lake County.”
Construction on house number 20 is expected to begin soon and your assistance is needed. In order to provide homeownership opportunities to low-income county residents, Habitat for Humanity Lake County relies on donations and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer at the build site and help provide this family and their children with a new home, or would like to volunteer in some other capacity, or if you are interested in providing lunches for the volunteers, please call the office at 707-994-1100 or come by our office at 16285 A Main Street in Lower Lake. Or if you have lived in Lake County for at least one year and are interested in the homeownership program, you are encouraged to contact the office for further information.