Habitat for Humanity Buffalo is getting a boost from two locally headquartered companies. Kaleida Health and M&T Bank have agreed to provide full funding along with employee volunteers to build a home on Winslow Avenue on Buffalo’s East Side.
Construction of the home, at 39 Winslow Ave., began in December and is expected to be completed this summer. The four-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home will include Energy Star appliances, lighting and controls, as well as energy-efficient heating and cool and an electric water heater.
“M&T and Kaleida are ideal partners,” Habitat Buffalo Executive Director Teresa Bianchi said. “Not only have they made this meaningful financial investment in our community, but their leadership and staff have dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours towards building this home for a hardworking family.”
In addition to funding the construction of a home, Kaleida Health and M&T employees, including members of their leadership teams, will step out of the office and onto the construction site at multiple points throughout the duration of the build to provide assistance and support.
“As an organization, Kaleida Health is taking our commitment to care beyond the walls of our hospitals, long-term care facilities and ambulatory sites by partnering with others like M&T Bank and Habitat for Humanity and bringing that care out to the community in a big way,” said Kaleida Health President and CEO Jody Lomeo. “I am proud of the Kaleida Health family for embracing this initiative with a strong commitment to making a more tangible impact across Western New York.”
“We are pleased to join forces with Kaleida Health to help Habitat Buffalo build this home for one of our neighbors,” M&T Bank Chairman and CEO René Jones said. “Access to safe, affordable housing and the opportunity to achieve homeownership are defining characteristics of vibrant communities. Together, we can ensure these vital qualities remain alive and well on Buffalo’s East Side.”