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City of Mishawaka, KeyBank Foundation, Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust and The Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation Support Habitat for Humanity's 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project as Platinum Sponsors


City of Mishawaka, KeyBank Foundation, Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust and The Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation Support Habitat for Humanity's 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project as Platinum Sponsors

The organizations' support will help Habitat build or improve 41 homes in South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana

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ATLANTA, Aug. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty-one families will experience the life-changing effects of building and owning a decent, affordable home, thanks in part to the City of Mishawaka, the KeyBank Foundation, the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust and the Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation. The four groups have committed crucial resources to Habitat for Humanity's 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project and have been named Platinum Sponsors.

Habitat for Humanity logo. (PRNewsFoto/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY)

With the backing of the Platinum Sponsors and 30 other generous sponsors, hundreds of volunteers – including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn – will work alongside future homeowners to build 22 new homes Aug. 27-30 in Mishawaka, Indiana. Altogether, 41 homes will be built or renovated by the end of the year.

"Completing a build of this size is made possible with the generous support of our Platinum Sponsors, along with the spirit of the communities, homeowners and volunteers on the ground," said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, senior vice president for development at Habitat. "We're very grateful that they share Habitat's passion for transforming lives and helping families achieve stability through shelter."

The City of Mishawaka, a growing city along the St. Joseph River, is a host for this year's Carter Work Project, along with neighboring South Bend. Mishawaka city officials are committed to the community and take pride in initiatives that improve the quality of life for its residents.

Cleveland-based KeyCorp provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states. The KeyBank Foundation spearheads various community givebacks and is proud to be a part of Habitat's Carter Work Project.

As a sponsor of the 2018 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust is helping families achieve the benefits of homeownership while building a stronger, more stable community. The Trust looks for opportunities to make an immediate impact in the community. The Carter Work Project and the Trust's partnership with Habitat of St. Joseph County is a fundamental example of an immediate impact.

The Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation supports causes that the family views as catalysts of change. Habitat is a catalyst for the community. Their participation throughout the week speaks to why they started a charitable family foundation and why they are among the sponsors of this year's Carter Work Project.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, which will host the 2018 project, has a long history of creating opportunities for new and current homeowners to build a safe and decent place to call home. Since 1987, Habitat of St. Joseph County has helped more than 400 families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. The organization mobilizes volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promote homeownership.

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and effort help to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside 101,276 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 4,290 homes.

To donate or learn more about the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, visit

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

About City of Mishawaka
Mishawaka, Indiana, is a growing commercial city in Northern Indiana, located next to South Bend. Mishawaka, the Princess City, lies nestled along the meandering path of the St. Joseph River. Population growth, business expansion and record-breaking new construction tell us that people want to live, work, raise their families and retire in Mishawaka. Community pride is an essential part of life in the Princess City. The quality of life that generates this community pride comes from many sources.

About the KeyBank Foundation
KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $137.8 billion at June 30, 2018. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.

About the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust
Vera Dwyer and her husband, James, were owners of Dwyer Instruments. The company, founded by James and his brother in 1931, is still active and headquartered in Michigan City, about 40 miles west of Mishawaka. Vera had a strong belief in education and in the health sciences. Prior gifts have included scholarships and educational programs through Indiana University South Bend, College of Health Sciences, as well as local hospices. She also had concern for human services for residents of Indiana. Human services, a broad designation, includes meeting people's basic human needs. There is no question that housing is a basic human need.

About The Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation
Founded in 2009, the MacFarlane Foundation has affected change worldwide by working with a diverse range of charitable organizations. The Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation supports organizations that strive to increase the opportunities and improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. The Foundation acts as a catalyst for organizations and their programs to enhance their impact and expand their reach.

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