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.