Wells Fargo Team Member Volunteer Program Grant Will Help Keep Low-Income Homeowners Warm, Safe, and Independent
Pictured From Left to Right: Honorary Chairperson Mikey Hoeven, Rebuilding Together 1st Vice President Brooke Steffes, Wells Fargo Representative Gail Snustad, and Rebuilding Together President Darin Hanson
Bismarck, N.D., July 8, 2013—Rebuilding Together, a local nonprofit organization working to revitalize communities by providing home repair services for the elderly, low-income, and disabled, was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo. The funding is made available through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation’s Team Member Volunteer program, which provides support to nonprofit organizations when Wells Fargo team members help build, renovate, paint or repair a home for low-to moderate-income people.
“We are very grateful for the financial and volunteer support we have received from our friends at Wells Fargo,” stated Darin Hanson, president of Rebuilding Together Bismarck-Mandan. “We are a relatively small organization, so a grant of this size is a real game-changer for us. Wells Fargo has essentially ensured Rebuilding Together will have the resources it needs to assist low-income homeowners live in warm, safe, and dry conditions.”
Serving the Bismarck-Mandan community for 16 years, Rebuilding Together offers assistance to people who own their homes, but due to physical limitations or economic hardship, are unable to properly maintain their home. Rebuilding Together works in partnership with local corporations and volunteers to provide free rehabilitation and critical repair services.
Since its inception in 1997, Rebuilding Together has raised over $800,000 in in-kind contributions and gifts, and provided rehabilitation and repairs to 138 homes in the Bismarck-Mandan area at no cost to the homeowner. Over 5,000 volunteers have donated their time and skills to replace floors and carpeting, repair plumbing, replace unsafe electrical wiring, install handicap accessible devices, paint homes, and repair windows.
“Wells Fargo is proud to support the work of Rebuilding Together to help create affordable and sustainable housing opportunities for low-to-moderate income families,” said John Giese, president for Wells Fargo in Bismarck. “Our team members are passionate about this project, and when we all work together, we can strengthen the Bismarck-Mandan community and provide safe, comfortable homes.”
For the past two years, U.S. Senator John Hoeven and Mikey Hoeven have served as honorary chairs of Rebuilding Together. Together they have actively participated in events championing Rebuilding Together’s mission and have encouraged community support for the organization.
“Working in partnership with organizations like Wells Fargo and supporters like Senator John Hoeven and Mikey Hoeven has allowed Rebuilding Together to complete several home revitalization projects in Bismarck and Mandan,” said Mr. Hanson. “Together we are making a positive impact on the community.”
Rebuilding Together is currently seeking applications for the 2014 Rebuilding Day. To be eligible, applicants must be homeowners who reside in their home, have home insurance, owe no back taxes, and be unable to do the repairs themselves. Applicants may refer themselves or be referred by an agency, organization, family member, neighbor, or church. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving home repair services from Rebuilding Together, please call (701) 221-3232, or visit us on our website at www.rebuildingtogetherbisman.com.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo has 30 stores in 20 North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota and employs nearly 900 team members throughout the region. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.