updated 3/28/2011 5:46:00 PM ET 2011-03-28T21:46:00

PLANO, Texas, March 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Representatives of ViewPoint Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) presented a $20,000 Partnership Grant Program (PGP) award to North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCCHFH) on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the central Plano office of ViewPoint Bank. Also in attendance were board members from NCCHFH and ViewPoint Bank, as well as Plano Mayor Pro Tem Lee Dunlap; Karin Tucker, chief of staff for Texas State Representative Jerry Madden; Sheacy Reynolds Thompson, district director for Texas State Representative Ken Paxton; and Lissa Smith, district director for Texas Senator Florence Shapiro.

Public officials joined representatives of ViewPoint Bank and FHLB Dallas to present North Collin County Habitat for Humanity a $20K partnership grant.




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"The city of Plano is pleased to support this partnership, as it will further strengthen the presence of NCCHFH and their invaluable service to our community," said Mr. Dunlap.

The grant will assist NCCHFH with operating expenses while the nonprofit jump starts its fundraising efforts for a multimillion dollar capital campaign that will enable it to purchase and renovate an existing building. The facility will house all of NCCHFH's services at one centralized location. 

"Right now we have six different locations across North Collin County – an administrative office, a ReStore building, and four storage facilities," said Celeste H. Cox, executive director of NCCHFH. "We plan to purchase a building large enough to accommodate all of these operations at one location. Having one location will increase our efficiency and save a significant amount of money in rent payments every month."

Partnership grants are offered through FHLB Dallas's member institutions, such as ViewPoint Bank, and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants provide funding for operational needs of community-based organizations involved in affordable housing and community development. FHLB Dallas matches a member's cash contributions to a community-based organization of $500 up to $5,000 at a 3:1 ratio. Through its member institutions, FHLB Dallas awarded $225,000 in partnership grants in 2010.

ViewPoint Bank contributed $5,000 to the PGP on behalf of NCCHFH, which qualified the organization for a $15,000 contribution from FHLB Dallas, for a total of $20,000 in PGP grant funds.

"As a community bank, we're pleased to contribute to such a worthy organization," said Gary Base, president and chief executive officer at ViewPoint Bank. "NCCHFH works very hard to serve our community and neighbors."

ViewPoint Bank has been a partner of NCCHFH for several years, and Mrs. Cox said without the support of organizations like ViewPoint Bank and FHLB Dallas, NCCHFH would not be able to maintain operations.

"Our partners, donors, and volunteers are the backbone of our organization," said Mrs. Cox. "Without their support, we would not be able to do what we do, and so many families in need would struggle to find assistance elsewhere. We are very grateful for the support of organizations like ViewPoint Bank and FHLB Dallas. And now, we are especially reliant upon these resources to help us through the capital campaign so that we can operate more efficiently and serve more people in our community."

About North Collin County Habitat for Humanity®

North Collin County Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and his people to develop communities by enabling families to achieve the dream of homeownership with dignity. NCCHFH was incorporated in 1992 in McKinney, Texas, as McKinney Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Our name was changed in 2002 to North Collin County Habitat for Humanity to reflect our expanding service area. Our affiliate serves the communities of McKinney, Frisco, Melissa, Celina, Princeton, Prosper, Farmersville, and Anna. Through partnerships with local government entities, churches, corporations, individuals and service organizations, we have been able to complete 64 houses for deserving families since 1992. We also operate a ReStore that sells new and used building materials to the public and takes donations of these materials for a tax-deductible receipt. NCCHFH is a premier recycling center for the North Collin County area. For more information about volunteering, qualifying for a home or the ReStore, call 972-542-5300. For more information, visit www.ncc-habitat.com or www.mckinneyrestore.com .

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 12 district banks in the FHLBank System created by Congress in 1932.  FHLB Dallas, with total assets of $39.7billion as of December 31, 2010, is a member-owned cooperative that supports housing and community development by providing competitively priced loans and other credit products to more than 900 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas.  For more information, visit the FHLB Dallas website at fhlb.com.

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