Valerie Knight, Director of Communications
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 16, 2018) – Longtime community partner, Publix Super Markets Charities donated $55,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties as part of their continued effort to make a difference in the communities they serve.This year’s donation will sponsor a new, affordable Habitat home in Lee County. Along with their generous financial gift, Publix employees spent their Saturday volunteering to raise the walls on the house.
Helping to empower Lee County families through affordable homeownership since 1996, Publix Super Markets Charities, has donated over $890,000 to Habitat Lee and Hendry, and in 2017 alone, Publix employees donated 350 volunteer hours offering a hand up to neighbors in their community.
Habitat homes are built through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Habitat partner families purchase the homes at the appraised value, paying an affordable monthly mortgage that includes taxes and insurance.The partner families must apply and qualify for the Habitat homeownership program; save $1,700 toward their closing costs; attend classes focusing on homeownership, budgeting and home maintenance; and complete 300 hours of “sweat equity” working alongside Habitat volunteers.
About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org