April 11, 2024 Awards, Community, Partnerships

Firstrust Bank honored with inaugural Carter Builder Achievement Award

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is thrilled to announce that Firstrust Bank will be honored with the inaugural Carter Builder Achievement Award, to be presented at the Building Hope Luncheon on May 2, 2024.

The award, named in honor of two of Habitat for Humanity’s most stalwart champions — former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter — has been created to recognize key partners who embody the true spirit of service, care and community that defined the Carters’ legacy.

“It will be my great pleasure to present Firstrust Bank with the inaugural Carter Builder Achievement Award at this year’s Building Hope Luncheon,” said Corinne O’Connell, CEO of Habitat Philadelphia. “Like the Carters, Tim Abell and his team have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to work alongside our neighbors, invest in building community and empower families through homeownership.”

Firstrust Bank, the largest family-owned bank in Philadelphia, has been serving the financial needs of the community for 90 years. Their relationship with Habitat Philadelphia dates back to 2019, when the organization needed an infusion of capital to propel its new home construction projects.

Since then, Firstrust has partnered with Habitat to support the Oxford Green, Diamond Park and Coltrane Commons developments with financial and human resources, volunteering at build sites to literally frame the future for first-time homebuyers.

They likewise supported the planning and grand opening of the Allegheny Avenue ReStore, showing again their willingness to play an active role in growing the capacity and sustainability of Habitat Philadelphia’s programs, bringing us all closer to reaching our vision of a city where everyone has a decent place to live.

Jonathan Ellensworth, Vice President, Relationship Manager at Firstrust and Habitat Philadelphia Board Member, expressed the bank’s gratitude for this special recognition.

“To be recognized in the likeness of the Carters, whose unwavering dedication to serving and fostering community has made undeniable impact, is truly an honor for Firstrust,” said Ellensworth. “Our collaboration with Habitat has been pivotal in driving Firstrust’s mission of cultivating prosperity for our community. As a board member, I’m privileged to see firsthand the impact of our joint efforts, laying foundations for homes and hope across Philadelphia.”

Thanks to longstanding partnerships with organizations like Firstrust Bank, Habitat Philadelphia can continue to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter, transforming lives and our city through safe, affordable homes. We look forward to celebrating alongside them at the Luncheon on May 2.