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Pictured, left to right, holding the check, are Melissa McDaniel, Coles County Habitat for Humanity executive director; Tom Bucher, Habitat president; Marsha Blair, Habitat secretary; and Johnathan Rodriguez, Habitat vice president. The local Wells Fargo team is pictured in the background, including Gary Swearingen, Wells Fargo Advisors complex manager, located in the second row on the far right.

MATTOON -- When Gary Swearingen, Wells Fargo Advisors complex manager, called Coles County Habitat for Humanity's executive director, Melissa McDaniel, to give her the good news they secured a $5,000 "mini" grant for Habitat, McDaniel commented, "There's nothing 'mini' about this contribution. It will have a significant impact on our ability to provide affordable housing for our next two partner families."

According to a press release, Habitat's board recently approved the two families this past spring, both single mothers who want to create a better life for themselves and their children. With one current build taking place in Mattoon and one planned for this spring in Charleston, Wells Fargo's support came at the perfect time for Habitat, officials said.

"It costs approximately $80,000 to build each home, so every dollar and every donation matters," McDaniel noted.

Wells Fargo has been doing more than just donating money; they are becoming active volunteers at Habitat. From coming out to volunteer at events to swinging a hammer at builds, Wells Fargo is stepping up to be a key partner in Habitat's work.

Tom Bucher, Habitat's president, said, "We are thrilled to have Wells Fargo Advisors as a new partner supporting our work. It's because of generous donors and volunteers like them that we can continue our mission of building affordable homes for deserving low income families in Coles County."

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 28 years and is the beneficiary of incredible community support. To date, the affiliate has completed 36 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


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