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Pictured at the U.S. Bank branch in Mattoon, left to right holding the check: Aimee Laster, U.S. Bank Mattoon branch manager; Al Volk, U.S. Bank market president; Johnathan Rodriguez, Coles County Habitat for Humanity vice president; Tom Bucher, Habitat president; Melissa McDaniel, Habitat executive director.

MATTOON -- U.S. Bank Foundation selected Coles County Habitat for Humanity to receive a $5,000 grant to support their Affordable Housing Program.

Providing access to sustainable, affordable housing for low-income families is one of U.S. Bank's key pillars of community support. The alignment with U.S. Bank's vision and Habitat's mission for helping families thrive by providing a safe, decent and affordable place to live, makes for a perfect partnership.

Melissa McDaniel, Habitat's executive director, commented, "Habitat is excited and grateful for U.S. Bank Foundation's generous support. Their financial contribution will help build Habitat's next home and support our housing services including homeownership education, mortgage servicing and management."

Habitat's board of directors has selected Amber Pedigo of Charleston as its next partner family. Pedigo is a single mother with two young sons. Tom Bucher, Habitat's president, said, "U.S. Bank's support allows Habitat to build affordable housing for deserving families, like Amber, who work hard to create a better life for themselves and their children. In fact, the reason we can provide 0% interest mortgages to our homeowners is because of generous donors like U.S. Bank."

Habitat plans to break ground on their 38th home next month.

Coles County Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry organized in 1989. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing by building decent, safe and affordable homes for low-income families. Homes are sold to low-income families at no profit with a zero-interest mortgage provided by Coles County Habitat for Humanity.

Coles County Habitat for Humanity has been active in the community for 29 years and is the beneficiary of incredible community support. To date, the affiliate has completed 37 homes locally. Individuals or businesses wanting to assist with construction, donate their services/expertise, or make a financial contribution can contact the Habitat office at 217-348-7063, from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. More information is available at http://www.colescountyhabitat.net.

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