HAIE Honors Bank of America With Annual Corporate Partner of the Year Award

Bank of America employee volunteers look on as the company’s Senior Vice President and Inland Empire Market President Al Arguello, shown fourth from the right, receives the HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) 2015 Corporate Partner of the Year Award from HAIE Board President Landon Boucher, center, Bank of America employee and HAIE Board member Martha Cowles, third from right, and HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne, second from right.  

Bank of America employee volunteers look on as the company’s Senior Vice President and Inland Empire Market President Al Arguello, shown fourth from the right, receives the HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) 2015 Corporate Partner of the Year Award from HAIE Board President Landon Boucher, center, Bank of America employee and HAIE Board member Martha Cowles, third from right, and HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne, second from right.  

RIVERSIDE, CA (March 23, 2016) ---   HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) recently honored Bank of America with the non-profit organization’s 2015 Corporate Partner of the Year Award in recognition of the bank’s donations of grant funding as well as employee volunteer support for various shelter development and community outreach programs to serve the homeless population in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

“HomeAid Inland Empire appreciates the outstanding partnership we have with Bank of America and its employee volunteers, as well as the important funding we have received from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, allowing us to continue to serve the homeless community throughout the two-county Inland Empire area in many ways,” said Ray Osborne, HAIE Executive Director, in presenting the award.

“Because of the strong financial support and volunteer involvement of generous community-minded corporate partners like the Bank of America, HomeAid Inland Empire is able to help provide homeless men, women and children with a safe temporary place to stay while they work toward regaining self sufficient,” Osborne added.

“Bank of America is proud of the partnership we have established with HomeAid Inland Empire over the past several years,” said Al Arguello, Bank of America Inland Empire Market President, in receiving the HAIE corporate partner award.

“Bank of America looks to partner with high impact nonprofits such as HomeAid Inland Empire to maximize how we can help build thriving communities. In this case, our funds and volunteer support enables HomeAid Inland Empire to continue and expand the critical services and programs it offers for men, women and children who need a helping hand and get back on track to personal and financial well-being,” Arguello continued.

In addition to a $5,000 community grant provided to HAIE by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation at the end of 2015, the local HomeAid chapter also received $10,000 in shelter development funding, as well as an additional $5,000 grant for its Essentials For Young Lives community outreach program during the year from the Foundation through HomeAid America.

The Bank of America shelter development grant funds were effectively utilized locally to complete an 84-bed veterans’ homeless shelter renovation project at the U.S.VETS facility at March ARB in Riverside.

In addition to benefitting from the Bank of America funding locally and through HomeAid America, the annual HAIE Essentials For Young Lives and Full Bellies, Warm Hearts community outreach programs for hundreds of children who reside with their families at homeless shelter facilities throughout the Inland Empire also received benefits from Bank of America employee volunteers involvement.

The volunteers collected and distributed baby care items as well as backpacks and school supplies for children of homeless families in cooperation with HAIE. They also put together HomeAid Care Kits with useful health and hygiene items as well as shelter and transportation information that are provided to homeless individuals and families on the street during the year.

In 2015, HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Riverside County and Baldy View Chapters of the Southern California Building Association (BIA), celebrated the 25th anniversary of the completion of it first Inland Empire shelter project by undertaking the renovation of 20 apartments for Foothill Family Shelter in Upland, where the 1,000th homeless shelter bed created by HAIE is now housed.    

Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has renovated or built 37 homeless shelter facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with a total of 1,027 beds providing quality temporary housing for individuals and families while they work to rebuild their lives. The value of those facilities is over $17.6 million with nearly $6.8 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials coming from the Inland Empire home building industry through HomeAid.

For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire contact HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne at ray@homeiadie.org or HAIE Marketing & Events Manager Ashley Coleman at ashley@homeaidie.org. You can also visit the organization’s website at homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.