American Savings Bank leads first all-women Wahine Build for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
ByASB August 29, 2016 | 5 min read N/A
HONOLULU — (Aug. 29, 2016) — American Savings Bank (ASB) and its network of outstanding female employees led the first-ever all-women Wahine Build, a new initiative of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The Wahine Build program was modeled after Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week. The local version, Wahine Build, engages groups of all-women volunteers to help at various build projects one Saturday a month. The women of ASB were the first all-women group to launch this initiative in Hawai‘i.
“For nearly a century now, ASB has been dedicated to making a real, positive impact to Hawaii,” said Beth Whitehead, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, American Savings Bank. “The ASB Women’s Network is proud to partner with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity on its new Wahine Build program, and we look forward to helping make the Gagnon family’s home a reality.”
Seventy four percent of ASB’s employees are women. The ASB Women’s Network was created to support the development and professional advancement of talented ASB female leaders through select learning opportunities that focus on personal and professional growth.
“Thanks to the women of ASB and like-minded volunteers, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is able to continue building communities, homes and hope for the people of Hawaii,” said Jim Murphy, executive director for Habit Habitat for Humanity. “ASB’s eagerness to jump in and help build this home speaks volumes of its dedication to the community.”
The Gagnon family of Waimanalo will be the recipient of this dream home. “We are so grateful for ASB and their help in giving us a new home and solid foundation for our family,” said Beverly Gagnon. “We can’t wait to start our new life in our new home once it is complete.”