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HomeStreet Makes Contribution to Solid Ground

March 06, 2013HomeStreet Bank marked the opening of its newest bank branch in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood with a $5,000 contribution to local nonprofit Solid Ground. The funds will support the organization’s work to end poverty through community advocacy, housing programs, transportation assistance and services to combat hunger.

“Solid Ground highly values community partnerships,” said Gordon A. McHenry, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Solid Ground. “This one is especially significant because of HomeStreet Bank’s history as a Seattle-based company with deep roots in our community. We celebrate HomeStreet’s presence in Fremont, the neighborhood where we started, and where we still maintain special relationships.”

HomeStreet Bank has partnered with Solid Ground for over a decade through charitable contributions and through the bank’s employer-assisted housing program, which provides homeownership benefits to employees of participating organizations. HomeStreet’s Ballard branch has also been involved in many ways over the years including through its support for “Cooking Matters,” a program that trains volunteer chefs and nutritionists to teach classes on nutrition, healthy cooking and food budgeting for people at risk of hunger and malnutrition. Ballard branch team member John Babauta recently joined the Solid Ground board of directors.

“We believe that effective use of resources and a clear and powerful vision can bring about positive changes in our community,” said Kathryn A. Williams, senior vice president and community relations director at HomeStreet Bank. “We are grateful for the work that Solid Ground accomplishes through its variety of programs that address such critical and acute needs as hunger and shelter.”

HomeStreet also provides support for Solid Ground’s “Building Community” fundraising luncheon, to be held this year on April 5 at the Westin Hotel.