Bank of America recently provided HomeAid Inland Empire with important funding and volunteer support for the Riverside-based non-profit organization's two highly-successful community involvement events to benefit homeless children and families in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
"We were very excited to have the significant financial and volunteer contributions that Bank of America and its employees in the Inland Empire made to us this year, and look forward to continuing to build and expand our partnership with them in the future," commented Ray Osborne, Executive Director of HomeAid Inland Empire.
On August 10, Bank of America was one of the sponsors of the 4th annual HomeAid Inland Empire Full Bellies, Warm Hearts community involvement event to benefit more than 100 children who reside at two homeless shelters, Veronica's Home of Mercy in San Bernardino and King Hall family shelter in Riverside. In addition to Bank of America's financial support for this event, more than three dozen Bank of America employee volunteers were on hand at the two venues to assist with providing a day of fun, food and enjoyment for the children who reside at the shelters.
As part of the Full Bellies, Warm Hearts program, backpacks and school supplies were collected and given to the children, as well as new Skechers shoes, and winter coats from Burlington Coat Factory.In March of this year, Bank of America was a sponsor for the 3rd annual HomeAid Inland Empire Essentials For Young Lives community involvement program to collect and distribute much-needed baby care items for infants and toddlers who reside at various homeless shelters in the area.
Bank of America volunteers collected over 2,400 of the more than 11,000 items received during the Essentials campaign, and also helped with the sorting and distribution of the items to the homeless shelters.
"We were able to more than triple the number of baby care items we collected during this year's Essentials For Young Lives program, primarily because of the enthusiastic involvement of the Bank of America employee volunteers," Osborne reported.
HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Riverside County and Baldy View Building Industry Association (BIA) chapter, is currently working with 10 homeless shelter service provider partners to renovate or build dignified, quality shelter facilities to temporarily house homeless individuals and families in as they work to rebuild their lives.
In 2013, the HomeAid Inland Empire will be working on five shelter renovation and construction projects in the Inland Empire, adding 114 critically-needed permanent beds to help end homelessness in the two-county area.
Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has renovated or built 23 homeless shelters, housing 629 beds. The value of these facilities is over $16.7 million with more than $6.2 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials provided by BIA members through HomeAid Inland Empire.