First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) recently donated $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County. The funds will be used to help refurbish an existing Habitat home for a new owner.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. HFH helps build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
“Last fall we had a Habitat house returned to us by the owner. That house needs quite a bit of work done on it before we can sell it to a new Habitat homeowner,” said Bob Cox, Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County Secretary. “This donation will cover over half the cost of updating and repairing the home. This donation has been a true blessing for Habitat and will be used wisely. We thank First National Bank and the prospective new homeowner thanks you also.”
Families and individuals in need of affordable housing can apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from First National Bank in assisting future homeowners in our community with this donation. We have families ready to move into homes and the bank’s financial support and financial literacy education provided through the TS Institute helps us to ensure even more success stories in the future,” said Ginny Carter, president of Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County.
Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria: The applicant's level of need, their willingness to partner with Habitat, including sweat equity, and their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
“Serving as a partner and helping meet the needs of our community is very important to us. Affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. We believe in the Habitat for Humanity mission, and with this donation we are glad to help a future homeowner,” said First National Bank President, Josh Shofner.
Habitat for Humanity is in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world.
To learn more or help volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County call 217-935-4663 or visit their website.
Photo: From left, First National Bank and Trust President Josh Shofner, Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County Secretary Bob Cox, Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County President Ginny Carter and Habitat for Humanity of DeWitt County Vice President Jessica Devore.
About First National Bank and Trust Co: First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois. Dedicated to community prosperity, the bank was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank. The name was changed First National Bank and Trust Company in 1974, and was acquired by TS Banking Group in 2017. With $170 million in assets, First National Bank is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information visit firstnbtc.com.