Green Bank Completes Another RT-Houston House

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Green Bank Completes Another RT-Houston House

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For the last two weeks, more than 2,000 volunteers have been working with Rebuild Together - Houston to renovate 60 homes. The renovations include painting exteriors and wheelchair ramps, replacing rotted wood, secure doors and functioning windows and screens. The volunteer work is focused on improving the safety and appearance of the homes, and it allows elderly Houstonians to remain in their homes.

"15 bankers rolled up their sleeves and worked together on this project," said Green Bank Team Lead David Matthews, who also serves as a RT-Houston board member. "Like every project, it looked straight forward. When we got into it, we were handed a few surprises. Still, the payoff is always great: the homeowner was very appreciative and loved the new color of her home and the flowers we added."

RT-Houston has already started planning for Spring 2012. RT-Houston can be reached at (713) 659-2511 if your company, church group or group of friends would like to help.

Green Bankers join 5,000 employees from Starbucks to revitalize 20 homes in Houston

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Commercial Banker David Matthews led a team of several Green Bankers to help employees from Starbucks in a caffeine-powered effort to revitalize 20 homes in the Fifth Ward. The Green Bankers and 5,000 Starbucks employees spent Thursday afternoon volunteering in a 10-acre block. In all, 10,000 Starbucks employees are visiting Houston as part of an annual global leadership conference.

Rebuilding Together - Houston was tapped by Starbucks to help identify elderly homeowners who needed a hand. Banker Matthews is a volunteer board member with RT - Houston.

"RT - Houston is experienced in mobilizing large numbers of volunteers to help needy Houstonians with home repairs and renovations that will allow them to stay in their homes. Working with Starbucks was great: we had an international team that jumped in and turned several homes around," Matthews said. "At the end of the month, RT - Houston will do it again with Houston volunteers working on 100-plus homes across our city."

Volunteers are still needed for the upcoming fall volunteer day. If your company or church would like to volunteer, contact RT - Houston.

Starbucks' efforts have earned the attention of the Houston Chronicle. You can read more about its conference in Thursday's paper or online.