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Jonesboro, Ga. (May 30, 2019) – The Heritage Community Foundation presented a $35,000 check to Cynthia Jenkins, CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity on April 23rd at the Foundation’s annual golf tournament. The grant is the result of a partnership between the Heritage Community Foundation, Heritage Bank and Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity to provide home repair resources for homeowners in low to moderate income housing areas in Clayton County.
“We are excited about this new partnership because it reflects Heritage Bank’s commitment and the commitment of Heritage Bank employees to invest in the communities where we serve,” said Leonard Moreland, CEO of Heritage Bank. “Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s program to help homeowners make repairs and home-improvements fits perfectly with our desire to invest in the community and support home-ownership.”
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity has identified seven homeowners that have applied for help to improve their property and the $35,000 grant will support these seven projects. The partnership with Heritage Community Foundation, Heritage Bank and Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity aims to review the home-improvement project needs annually so that additional funding may be provided.
The Heritage Community Foundation began its work in 2015 as an initiative of Heritage Bank employees with a mission of supporting and reinforcing the good work being done by non-profit groups in the Bank’s service area. Since beginning its work in January of 2015 the Foundation has provided nearly $550,000 in grants to more than 150 non-profit groups and agencies in Henry, Clayton and Fayette Counties.
“The generosity of Heritage Bank’s 125 or so employees is amazing,” said Mark Dose, Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation. ”Our employees will donate over $40,000 to the Foundation this year. Also Heritage Bank absorbs all of the operating costs of the Foundation, so 100 percent of the funds donated go directly to meet community needs in the form of grant awards. Not many non-profit groups have the benefit of zero operating costs. We do, thanks to the support from Heritage Bank.”
In 2018, the Heritage Community Foundation provided over $166,000 in grant funds to 54 non-profit groups in Clayton, Henry and Fayette Counties. The Foundation was developed by bank employees to support Heritage Bank’s first mission, “Committed to those we serve.”
The Foundation raises funds through an annual golf tournament in the spring and a clay shoot event in the fall. There are also a number of generous individuals in the area that donate to the Foundation.
In addition to the support from Heritage Bank, a number of other local businesses support the Heritage Community Foundation as IMPACT Partners. These businesses include Harding Plumbing, Brent Scarbrough & Co., C & C Fence Co., Active Pest Control, Fulton & Kozak, CPAs, The Burke Group, Foster, Foster & Smith Attorneys, Heritage Cadillac, Paragon Alarm Systems, Central Station Monitoring, Lincoln Insurance, Chitwood Hauling, Eagle Excavation, Lincoln Insurance, Life and Money Matters, Laura Crumbley, CPA, Griffin Insurance and Sutherland Foodservice.
Heritage Bank, a state chartered commercial bank, has been serving metro Atlanta’s Southern Crescent since 1955. The independent community bank has six full-service offices, features a well-rounded offering of commercial and consumer products, and is an active, involved member of the community it serves. The company’s stock is traded under the symbol “CCFH”.
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Accepts a $35,000 grant from the Heritage
Community Foundation and Heritage Bank.
Left to Right: Rocky Lipham, Jenny Smith, Robin Malone, Kim Devine, Mandy Wentzel,
Cynthia Jenkins, Pamela Cisneros, Stacy Hammons, Ed Taylor and Leonard Moreland