Tampa, Fla. (November 8, 2013) — Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay) recently joined forces with Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit that provides critical home repairs and renovations for low-income families, to refurbish the home of Kathryn Branham, a 56-year-old Army veteran who lives in Tampa with her 19-year-old daughter, Kiona.
The Tampa Bay volunteer effort was part of a larger initiative held on November 7, where nearly 400 employees from Fifth Third Bank joined Rebuilding Together in Atlanta, Charleston, Dayton, Detroit, Knoxville and Tampa Bay to revitalize veterans’ homes. Nationwide, Fifth Third Bank donated $150,000 to Rebuilding Together to fund home repair projects in those markets.
“There’s no more fitting way to celebrate and honor the contributions made by our servicemen and women than by taking care of our nation’s veterans,” said Brian Lamb, president and CEO for Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay). “This association with Rebuilding Together enables our two organizations to work together to positively impact local communities through housing revitalization projects. We are grateful to Rebuilding Together for giving us the opportunity to support those who have served.”
In Tampa Bay, more than 15 Fifth Third Bank employees worked with Rebuilding Together to landscape and paint the exterior of Branham’s home.
“I’m so thankful to Fifth Third Bank and Rebuilding Together for coming together and sending volunteers to paint and landscape my home. Every time I come home, I’ll be reminded of their generosity, ” said Kathryn Branham, U.S. Army veteran and Rebuilding Together home repair recipient. Branham was honorably discharged from the Army in 1989.
In addition to the volunteer effort with Rebuilding Together, Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay) is collecting donations for Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of servicemen killed or wounded in action. All 48 Tampa Bay area financial centers will accept donations until Nov. 22. At the conclusion of the campaign, Fifth Third Bank will match donations up to $5,000. Currently, 13 Folds of Honor scholarship recipients attend college in the Tampa Bay area.
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About Fifth Third:
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $126 billion in assets and operates 18 affiliates with 1,326 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,374 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 25% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of September 30, 2013, had $318 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC.
About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.