Heritage Oaks Banks Helps Habitat for Humanity - 02/04/10

For Immediate Release
8:00A.M. PT, February 4, 2010
Mitch Massey, SVP

(Santa Maria, CA) – Heritage Oaks Bank recently donated $ 1,000 to Habitat for Humanity, Northern Santa Barbara County to provide funds to build and rehabilitate affordable houses for families in need.

“Thank you so much from all of us at Habitat for Humanity, Northern Santa Barbara County, for your most generous donation. As you know Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people of all walks of life, be they volunteers, merchants donating goods, contractors donating their time and expertise or applicants for homes and we are excited to continue our work. In this time of slow economy these dollars will certainly go a long way toward a home for some deserving family. Please thank everyone at Heritage Oaks Bank from everyone at Habitat for Humanity for your thoughtfulness,” says Richard Brown, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity.

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by inviting people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. For clarification purposes, Habitat does not giveaway homes. In addition to a down payment and mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses.

"Investing in the community to be a good corporate citizen is a key role our organization plays," says Mitch Massey, Senior Vice President Marketing, Heritage Oaks Bank. “In order to do this, it means creating partnerships and we are grateful for the partnership we have established with Habitat for Humanity. Together we take a step to help eliminate poverty and homelessness in our community by giving families a better environment in which to live," adds Massey.

Habitat for Humanity now operates in nearly 90 counties and in all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

For additional information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit their website at www.nsbhabitat.com.