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Wells Fargo presents Habitat Fresno with $100,000

Tim Rios, Wells Fargo’s community development manager, presents Matthew Grundy, Habitat’s executive director, with a check for $100,000.
Tim Rios, Wells Fargo’s community development manager, presents Matthew Grundy, Habitat’s executive director, with a check for $100,000. SPECIAL TO THE BEE

Habitat for Humanity Fresno County, and its community partners, officially welcomed new executive director Matthew Grundy to the job on Tuesday with food, drink and $100,000.

Wells Fargo, a partner since 1999, presented Grundy and the Christian nonprofit housing ministry with a check to help continue its goals to build, rehabilitate and repair homes for needy families.

Habitat is celebrating 30 years of operation in Fresno County this month. I wrote a long story that appeared on Sunday’s business page. The agency’s big anniversary dinner is planned for Oct. 21.

Here’s a little more detail about Wells Fargo and its Habitat partnership that didn’t make it to the story.

The bank has gifted nearly $600,000, including Tuesday’s amount, to help Habitat build homes and hopes since 1999, said Sandy Raco, Wells Fargo’s Central Valley area president.

But it’s not all about money, bank officials say. Working with Habitat also means bringing in other partners and encouraging employees to volunteer. One of the bank’s first project with Habitat was the Little Long Cheng subdivision in southeast Fresno where bank volunteers worked on pre-construction and solar panel installation, said Geri Yang-Johnson, Wells Fargo’s community development officer.

“We take on a full hands approach to build full communities,” Yang-Johnson said.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

Habitat for Humanity Fresno County

  • 4991 E. McKinley Ave, Suite 123, Fresno, 93727
  • 559-237-4102
  • www.habitatfresno.org
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