First Bank and NCHBA Partner to Bring Copies of The House That She Built Book to Elementary Students Throughout North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) has announced that Southern Pines-based First Bank has made a $15,000 contribution to purchase and distribute copies of The House That She Built Book to elementary schools throughout North Carolina.

The House That She Built, authored by Mollie Elkman, educates young readers about the different types of people and skills needed to build a home. It follows architects, engineers, plumbers, painters and more, as they combine their skills to build a house from scratch.

The book aims to elevate women in the trades to show girls that they CAN do anything. Currently, women make up only about 11% of the construction workforce. To pave the way for more women in construction jobs, The House That She Built seeks to change the perception of career-based bias by getting in front of the youngest learners before that bias forms.

First Bank’s contribution to NCHBA’s charitable foundation, the North Carolina Home Builders Educational and Charitable Foundation, Inc., has made it possible for the foundation to coordinate with NC school systems to place approximately 1,200 copies of the book in nearly every elementary school in the state.

Corey Dall, Director of Marketing for First Bank said, “It is First Bank’s mission to not only help our customers realize their dreams but our communities as well. We are committed to several causes and reading and education is high on that list as well as inspiring students to dream big. The ability to partner with our friends at NCHBA and bring The House that She Built to elementary students hits directly at our mission and desire to do what’s good.”

“Women are essential to solving the national labor shortage in construction,” said Tim Minton, NCHBA Executive Vice President. “This book provides a platform to help children identify with real tradespeople – who look like them – and shifts the stereotype of certain skilled jobs. We are thankful for First Bank’s leadership in making it possible for school children across our state to have access to this important resource.”

To learn more about The House That She Built, visit

First Bank team members along with author Mollie Elkman at the 2023 NCHBA Annual Conference.

About First Bank:

First Bank is the banking subsidiary of First Bancorp and is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with total assets of approximately $12.4 billion. As a state-chartered community bank, First Bank operates 118 bank branches in North Carolina and South Carolina. Since 1935, First Bank has taken a tailored approach to banking, combining best-in-class financial solutions, helpful local expertise, and technology to manage a home or business. First Bancorp’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “FBNC.” Visit our website at Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

About NCHBA:

The North Carolina Home Builders Association comprises approximately 15,000 builders and associate member-firms and a network of local home builder associations throughout North Carolina. NCHBA protects the American Dream of home ownership through advocacy, education and professional business development.

First Bank team members along with author Mollie Elkman at the 2023 NCHBA Annual Conference.

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