Dolphins, Bank of America Team Up to Help Veteran
For Immediate Release
November 24, 2015
Miami Dolphins alum Lousaka Polite (left) meets veteran Terrence Williams.
Williams' home in Richmond Heights needed repairs, and the Miami Dolphins and Bank of America community volunteers, along with Special Teams Driven by Chevy volunteers, got together on Veterans Day for a Miami-Dade Rebuilding Together project to make those repairs happen. Miami Dolphins alumni Lousaka Polite and Mark Duper were among those joining in for the work.
"Today's event with Mr. Williams and his family is just one example of Bank of America's commitment to connecting military men and women with the support they need to transition back into civilian life," said Gene Schaefer, Bank of America Miami market president. "By providing access to financial education, wellness programs, recruiting and hiring events and home ownership, we're making a difference for our U.S. military."
Bank of America Miami market manager Maria Alonso (left) is pictured at Rebuilding Together project.
"Today is so heartwarming," Williams said. "Originally this was my grandmother's house. She passed away 13 years ago and I know she's looking down. Words can't even express what I want to say, but all great things. I'm just so thankful."
The repair project was the first of several events the Miami Dolphins and Bank of America are partnering on during the month of November in their effort to salute our military and veterans for their service. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Dolphins and Bank of America joined forces for a military care packaging event at Sun Life Stadium. This marks the fifth year of this project with more than 4,000 soldiers receiving care packages.
Former Miami Dolphins player Mark Duper (left) pictured at Bank of America Rebuilding Together project.
The Bank of America initiative aims to donate $1, up to $1 million, to Wounded Warrior Project for every social media post military service members using the hashtag #TroopThanks through a message, photo or video on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Wounded Warrior Project helps wounded veterans transition back to civilian life.
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ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing free of charge rehabilitation services to the elderly, veterans, disabled and low income homeowners. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of volunteers, the organization donates approximately $250,000 in market value each year by focusing on home modifications, energy efficiency and safety concerns. The organization is part of a network of more than 200 affiliates and is the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.
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