The Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass renovated a home in Houston’s East End today as a continuation of their Building a Better Houston initiative, launched last year to revitalize the neighborhood around BBVA Compass Stadium.
After a kickoff ceremony, approximately 40 volunteers — including Dynamo forward Brian Ching, defenders Corey Ashe and Anthony Arena, and BBVA Compass and Dynamo employees — helped landscape, paint and repair an East End residence.
“The Dynamo and Dynamo Charities are pleased to once again work with BBVA Compass on this very important initiative,” said Dynamo President Chris Canetti. “Together, we hope to continue to make an impact on the community, and in particular, the East End.”
Home repairs were made through a donation from the BBVA Compass Foundation. The home was selected by Rebuilding Together, a Houston community outreach organization that works to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods.
“Due to the efforts of generous volunteers, we were able rehabilitate the home of Mary Irene Gonzalez — a very special East End homeowner,” said BBVA Compass President and CEO Manolo Sánchez. “I would like to personally thank all of today’s volunteers for their effort in helping make the Gonzalez home sparkle again.”
Gonzalez first moved into the home in 1969 and four generations of her family have lived in the East End community. Several improvements were made to the home, with volunteers painting, landscaping and repairing plumbing as well as installing a new roof and constructing a backyard shed.
The Building a Better Houston a campaign was founded last year in the weeks leading up to the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium. For more information on the Building a Better Houston campaign, visit http://www.houstondynamo.com/babh.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON DYNAMO
The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first seven seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times, including the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. The team currently trains in the Methodist Champions’ Field at Houston Amateur Sports Park (HASP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.
ABOUT DYNAMO CHARITIES
Dynamo Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization and the charitable arm of the Houston Dynamo. It believes in using the power of the Dynamo and the sport of soccer to support the Houston community. For more information, log on to HoustonDynamo.com/Charities or call (713) 276-7533.
ABOUT BBVA COMPASS
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 708 branches, including 367 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 79 in Arizona, 65 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and ranked third in American Banker’s 2012 reputation study of the leading 30 banks in the U.S. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com.