By Adele Lyons


Adele Lyons, Director of Development and Communication
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The group will construct a LEED home; Wells Fargo also gave a $10,000 grant to help fund the work
3-29-12wfGulfport, MS (March 28, 2012) – More than a dozen Wells Fargo employees will be working this weekend though not at their normal jobs.  They will be volunteering with Habitat f

or Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC).

The volunteer efforts are just a part of the support Wells Fargo has made to Habitat.  In December 2011, Habitat received a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo to increase homeownership opportunities for hard working families in Jackson County.  The volunteer group will work on a home construction site located at 1505 School Avenue in Pascagoula.  This home is enrolled in the LEED for Homes Program!  Certification in the LEED for Homes Program signifies that the project takes an aggressive stance on energy efficiency, reducing the impact of construction on the environment, and producing a healthy place for people to live.  This home is the 2nd LEED project Habitat has undertaken in Pascagoula.

“We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity as they work to improve the quality of life for residents in our Jackson County communities,” said Fred Osing, Mississippi business banking manager for Wells Fargo.  “It’s great to work alongside team members and neighbors doing work that will make a lasting impact on these families.”


WHEN:                 Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

WHERE:               1505 School Avenue, Pascagoula, MS  39567-4364

NOTES:             For safety reasons, media should connect with the Site Supervisor when they arrive at the construction site. Closed toed shoes are required and a hard hat may be given to media to wear while on site depending on the work being done at the time.

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 485 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org.

About Wells Fargo:
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. We want to help all of our customers succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in our communities. In 2011, the Company invested $213.5 million in grants in 19,000 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.5 million volunteer hours around the country. For more information, please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr

About LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants.  Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 5,000 homes have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 20,000 have registered and are in process.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.