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Bank of America helps Habitat

Bank of America makes $2,500 donation to Flint River Habitat for Humanity

Bank of America representatives present $2,500 donation to Flint River Habitat for Humanity. From left are Bank of America Vice President Kathy Turner, Bank of America East Albany Banking Center Manager Jennifer Wilson, Flint River Habitat for Humanity Board Director Doug Adair, Flint River Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jennifer Vanston and Flint River Habitat for Humanity Finance Director Caroline Pile. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)

Bank of America representatives present $2,500 donation to Flint River Habitat for Humanity. From left are Bank of America Vice President Kathy Turner, Bank of America East Albany Banking Center Manager Jennifer Wilson, Flint River Habitat for Humanity Board Director Doug Adair, Flint River Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jennifer Vanston and Flint River Habitat for Humanity Finance Director Caroline Pile. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)

ALBANY — Bank of America recently helped Albany’s Flint River Habitat for Humanity put the finishing touches on a new home thanks to a corporate grant donation.

At a presentation Tuesday at the Bank of America office at Dawson Road and Westover Boulevard in Albany, representatives from Bank of America gave a $2,500 check to Flint River Habitat for Humanity representatives, which will be used to complete a new home for Yatoya Barney, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan while in combat, and her young son.

“We are very honored that it’s been several years in row that we’ve been able to be involved with habitat,” said Kathy Turner, a vice president with Bank of America in Albany. “It’s an awesome organization and we can’t be more proud to be a part of all that you guys do. We’re excited for the new homeowner.”

According to Jennifer Vanston, executive director of Flint River Habitat, thanks to the donation from Bank of America the organization can finish doing a few final things to the new home, located on Willow Oak Court in Albany, so Barney and her son can move in soon.

“This goes a long way,” Vanston said. “There’s all sorts of little expenses that go into finishing the home.”

Vanston said the completed home will feature three bedrooms and one bathroom and measure roughly 1,100 square feet. It is also located in an area that also features other Habitat homes whose owners are single parents of young children.

“It’s a little cul de sac,” said Vanston. “It’s a nice area for all the kids to play.”

The new home, which officials hope to present to Barney in the next two weeks, will be the fourth home Flint River Habitat has completed this year thanks to an estimated 2,500 volunteer hours spread over seven months that went into the building and completion of the home.