Brad Tidwell, president and chief executive officer of Citizens National Bank recently announced that the bank has pledged a capital donation of $30,000 to Longview Habitat for Humanity.

“Citizens National Bank is deeply rooted in the communities we serve and has been for over 83 years. We are proud to be an integral part of the Longview community and feel it is an honor to give back to such a worthy organization as Habitat for Humanity,” said Tidwell.

“Habitat is exactly the kind of organization that Citizens National Bank is both honored and humbled to be associated with.” Citizens National Bank (CNB), is a locally owned, independent, Texas community bank. CNB has $1.2 billion in assets and a Trust Department with nearly $400 million in assets under management. According to Tidwell, CNB has been serving customers throughout East and Central Texas for 83 years. The bank has 24 branches in East and Central Texas.

Habitat for Humanity Foundations for the Future Capital Campaign goal is $1,085,000. It includes purchasing the property, remodeling of an existing structure, and the construction of a new ReStore. Currently, gifts and pledges total $564,000.00.

Griff Hubbard, Longview Habitat chairman of the board is excited and grateful for Citizen National Bank’s pledge.

“On behalf of the entire board of directors at Longview Habitat for Humanity, we remain grateful for the family which is Citizens National Bank,” said Hubbard. “Their incredible generosity with a $30,000.00 pledge is in addition to participation in our annual fundraiser, sponsorship of employee build days, and assisting us with our family selection and women build committees.” According to Hubbard, 2013 remains a challenging year for Longview Habitat for Humanity.

However, the future is bright because of CNB’s investment in humanity. LaJuan Hollis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity could not agree more.

“Citizens National Bank has demonstrated time and again its dedication to our community by partnering with Longview Habitat for Humanity and other agencies for many years,” said Hollis. She gave examples of CNB’s boots on the ground work like in ‘Raisin’ the Roof’- Habitat’s annual fund raiser; CNB staff building a home, and actively participating in the Family Services and Women Build Committees.

Hollis is thrilled about the bank pledge. “We are delighted that Citizens National Bank has chosen to continue its partnership with this significant investment in the Habitat mission to end poverty housing.”

Citizen National Bank is not new to ameliorating poverty housing. According Tidwell, CNB has a long history with Habitat for Humanity starting in Henderson. “Housing is most important,” said Tidwell. “If you do not have housing, you cannot get adequate education or healthcare for that matter.” Furthermore, Tidwell has a good reason for his bank’s pledge-sustainability.

“This particular campaign helps them-Habitat for Humanity, to self-sustain and this is important for the work they do,” he said. “For us, we have made a material investment in Longview and we are committed to the long-term.” Besides giving to Habitat for Humanity, Tidwell said his bank donates to other local organizations.

Longview Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit agency dedicated to eradicating housing poverty in Longview. The organization partners with low income families to provide a hand up and out of poverty through volunteer homeconstruction and a low down payment, zero interest mortgage and a critical home repair program for the elderly and disabled. Founded in 1985, the organization has constructed 82 homes in Longview and is slated to begin construction on a new home on October 19th. To learn more, to volunteer or to donate call 903-236-0900 ext. 204.

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Joycelyne Fadojutimi