Many ChoiceOne Bank employees spent Martin Luther King Day Jr. Day volunteering for Home Repair Services (HRS) of Kent County.
ChoiceOne Bank employees working at HRS from left: Chief Operating Officer Adom Greenland, President and CEO Kelly Potes, Marketing Assistant Frank Acosta, Mortgage Loan Officer Scott Jongsma, Vice President IT Manager Paul Tucker, Sparta Branch Manager Konrad Raclawski, and Sparta Teller Vicki Wiggers.
“As the local community bank, community service is fundamental to our mission,” said President and CEO Kelly Potes. “Home Repair Services has a mission to help vulnerable homeowners in our communities improve their homes, so partnering with them to help the families in our communities succeed is a natural part of our culture. In our profession, we know taking care of our homes is an important part of the American dream – to be successful homeowners.”
On a recent day off, many ChoiceOne Bank employees chose to spend the day donating their time to HRS. With the guidance of the HRS Cabinet Shop Coordinator, ChoiceOne staff helped to make custom cabinets for homeowners in need.
HRS is an organization that provides a civic response for vulnerable homeowners facing critical health and safety repairs. They offer services that not only build up safer and healthier homes but have added programs that build up the homeowners that live in them. Over 25,000 Kent County homeowners have benefited from the work of Home Repair Services.
“ChoiceOne Bank has been an advocate for our communities for over 120 years,” said Potes. “Giving back is ingrained in our culture. Last year our employees graciously volunteered over 3,000 hours in the communities we serve. We are off to another great year of donating our time and resources to the families and nonprofits in our communities. I am extremely proud of our team at ChoiceOne Bank – they truly care about serving others.”
HRS is a unique non-profit organization celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Their mission is to strengthen vulnerable Kent County homeowners. HRS also offers a robust series of self-help programs that include free workshops in basic fix-it skills and financial capabilities, free home inspections, foreclosure advocacy and a do-it-yourself kitchen remodeling program that includes access free design, low cost materials and free in-home coaching support. All of the self-help programs are designed to equip and empower people to improve their own homes and are free and open to residents regardless of their income. For more information about HRS please visit https://www.homerepairservices.org/.