Bank Of America Joins Growing List Of Homeport Corporate Volunteers

Bank of America has become a new corporate volunteer of Homeport at the same time the bank has chosen to increase its financial support for the organization.

Fifteen Bank of America associates on Sept. 18 will be introduced to one of Homeport’s affordable housing communities when they scrape and paint 24 patio fences at Renaissance Community Village, townhouse and ranch style apartments on the Northeast Side of Columbus.

“We’re taking a comprehensive approach on needs related to housing – from our business to philanthropy and volunteerism – in order to support affordable housing, neighborhood preservation and community revitalization initiatives,” said Jeneen Marziani, Bank of America’s Ohio Market President.

“Permanent housing is the cornerstone of a thriving community, which is why Bank of America volunteers are proud to partner with Homeport for this ever-important initiative in Columbus and beyond,” Marziani added.

Morgen Wade, Homeport Manager of Volunteer Engagement, said volunteer support from Bank of America and other corporations allows Homeport to raise community awareness and expand on its mission of creating family stability and growth through safe, affordable homes.

“When we can count on volunteers regularly throughout the year, it enhances our ability to carry out our mission,” Wade said.

JPMorgan Chase, CASTO, Target and Starbucks are among several other corporations that have committed to quarterly volunteer opportunities with Homeport. Their employees have stuffed backpacks with school supplies and books, provided mentoring and tutoring, and participated in beautification projects.

Bank of America’s volunteer commitment follows several years of financial support. Recently, two bank vice presidents, Johnathan Northup and Melanie Lund, presented a $10,000 contribution to support Homeport’s Homebuyer Education and Financial Capabilities classes.

“In 2014 alone, 207 of our Homeport clients went on to purchase homes, funneling almost $22.3 million into Ohio's economy,” said Debbie Catri, Homeport’s Director of Philanthropy Operations.  “None of this would be possible without the support of funders like Bank of America."

Catri and Homeport Chief Financial Officer Valorie Schwarzmann accepted the Bank of America donation on behalf of the organization.