The grant will support HomeAid’s emergency housing development and community service initiatives. There is a critical need for emergency housing in Orange County, and the Foundation’s financial contribution will help propel HomeAid’s working solution to this growing problem.
HomeAid’s partnership with the Foundation reaches back to 2005 and includes numerous grants, sponsorships, matched gifts, and volunteer opportunities, all supporting the efforts to give children, parents, and individuals the opportunity to move from benches to beds to self-sufficiency. The Foundation’s generosity and commitment to addressing community issues over the past 10 years has included service activities such as landscape and painting at a pregnant woman’s shelter, the collection of care items and socks, the assembly of over 5,000 CareKits, employee participation in the annual Essentials campaign, which supports over 450 babies and their families that are homeless throughout Orange County as well as financial support of HomeAid’s past signature fundraiser, Project Playhouse benefitting local homeless families. Bank of America has supported HomeAid’s initiatives that fall within our three pillars: Advocacy, Development, and Service all of which help HomeAid in its mission to end homelessness.
“Bank of America’s decade long support of HomeAid goes beyond traditional funding to address a variety of needs for our most at-risk community members,” said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America. “By helping people move towards self-sufficiency, we are starting them down a path toward financial stability.”
HomeAid was also the recipient of the Neighborhood Builders Award in 2007, which was a two year $200,000 grant combined with leadership training.We have also received several Local Hero awards for organizational volunteers and donors.
“For HomeAid Orange County and many non-profit organizations, Bank of America is a true asset in our community,” says HomeAid OC Executive Director Scott Larson. “Its commitment and generous contribution to Orange County have aided numerous organizations, strengthening their abilities to significantly bring positive change in thousands of lives.”
Since 1989, we have completed 54 developments, adding nearly 1,136 shelter beds throughout Orange County. We act as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders, and specialty contractors. Tragically, thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County. Our website is a great resource to learn more and get involved.
The board and staff, on behalf of all those served by HomeAid, would like to personally thank the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for continuously investing in our united mission to end homelessness.