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Businesses and Volunteers Partner to Build Six Homes in Bonita Springs Subdivision

In a flurry of construction activity, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties have raised the walls on six homes in the Renaissance at Rosemary Park subdivision in Bonita Springs.

“Like many businesses and non-profit organizations in Southwest Florida, we see an increase in activity with the influx of seasonal residents,” explained Habitat CEO and President Katherine C. “Kitty” Green. “Four of these six homes are sponsored by the residents of gated communities in the area. Each year the residents of Bonita Bay, Pelican Landing, Shadow Wood and Miromar Lakes host events within their communities to raise the $50,000 to sponsor a home. Then they spend three to four months doing the hands-on work as well, often assisted by other companies and service groups that donate their time regularly to Habitat. Together, over the years, the four communities have raised more than $3.3 million to provide decent, affordable homes to people in need so they may better lives for their families.”

The fifth home under construction in Renaissance is sponsored by FineMark Bank, one of two homes the company is sponsoring this year. The sixth home is sponsored by Office Furniture and Design Concepts, which is also sponsoring two homes this year. Corporate sponsorship is a large part of Habitat’s funding. “Local governments are doing the best they can to help with affordable homeownership, despite dwindling public resources and we are grateful to our individual donors who continue to contribute generously in this tight economy,” said Green. “But we continue to need the support of Southwest Florida businesses. We have programs in place to help area businesses maximize their charitable contributions.”

Habitat Opens Resale Store in Bonita Springs

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (January 3, 2012) – Like many other non-profit organizations in Southwest Florida, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties has felt the pinch of belt-tightening as government funding  in support of its programs has shrunk. “While we’re fortunate in that we have been able to maintain our private contributions,” says Habitat CEO Katherine C. “Kitty” Green, “Increasing our resale operation is one way to make up the additional funding needed to put families into homes.”

Habitat has opened a new ReStore location at 27821 S. Tamiami Trail in Bonita Springs and will be hosting a Grand Opening celebration on January 21, 2012. Bonita Springs was chosen for several reasons, among them being the proximity to its many supporters in Bonita. “This location will make it more convenient for them to donate to,” says Green.

The Bonita ReStore will carry furniture, appliances and home improvement materials. While there are numerous thrift stores in the Bonita area, few of them carry that type of merchandise.  “We will accept donations of clothing and books,” explains Vice President of ReStore Donna Clavin, “and we will offer them for sale at our ReStore in N. Ft. Myers. Here in Bonita we will focus on household items.”

The Bonita Springs ReStore is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to arrange for pick-up of large donations, call 239-652-0388.

Bonita Springs ReStore Grand Opening

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties opened its second ReStore Retail and Donation Center to serve the residents of Southwest Florida. Conveniently located at 27821 S. Tamiami Trail, just one block north of Bonita Beach Rd. in Bonita Springs, FL, this thrift store offers gently used furniture, appliances, construction supplies and household items in good condition and working order.

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ReStore Retail & Donation Center

Sort, organize, and price items in Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Retail & Donation Center. Items are donated to the store and the proceeds are applied toVi Flynn the construction of Habitat homes.

The ReStore offers volunteer opportunities Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm and 1pm-5pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm.

Volunteers may select the shift during which they wish to volunteer.

A Habitat supervisor will always be on hand to give volunteers instructions on the project of the day.

All Volunteers are required to bring a signed Release and Waiver of Liability on their first volunteer day.  

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.   If volunteers are younger than 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign the form.  Volunteers who are 14 and 15 years old must have a registered volunteer at least 18 years of age with them. No heavy lifting is permitted.

The ReStore does not allow shopping while volunteering.  Volunteers may shop after their volunteer shift is over or during their lunch break.  Volunteers may not set items aside during their volunteer shift to purchase later. Nothing may be purchased from the back sorting room or the loading dock. Under no circumstances are items to be removed from the store without being paid for.

We ask that volunteers refrain from using cell phones while volunteering.  Volunteers may use  cell phones during the ½ hour lunch break or the 2 ten minute breaks.

If volunteers are taking a break, we ask that they step outside on the dock or use the break room.  Volunteers may not sit on furniture that is for sale.

What To Wear

  • Sturdy closed-toed shoes – NO sandals or Crocs
  • Jeans or shorts – no short-shorts or sport bras
  • Shirts must be worn at all times – no offensive language on the shirts
  • Volunteers will be asked to wear a Habitat apron

Items To Bring

  • Work gloves are required
  • Individual container of water or other liquid – This is very important on hot days
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring their lunch if working back-to-back shifts as it may be inconvenient to drive to a store over the lunch break
  • If staying over the lunch hour, volunteers are encouraged to bring a snack

Volunteetr Safety is Our Greatest Concern

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Do not attempt to lift heavy items without assistance
  • If a volunteer is injured in any way, even a blister, they should notify a supervisor immediately

Who To Contact

Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (239) 652-1684
E-mail: volcoor@habitat4humanity.org

NO SMOKING IS ALLOWED ON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROPERTY. NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS WILL BE TOLERATED.

Shop and Donate at the ReStore

Proceeds from sales at the ReStore Retail & Donation Centers help to fulfill the Habitat mission. Gently used furniture, appliances, building materials and household items are available at tremendous savings. The stores are open to the general public.

Accomplishments

2012

On October 8, 2012, the affiliate marks the official 30th anniversary of its charter.

Six new construction and 48 rehabbed homes were provided to homeowners during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

In January the affiliate opens its second ReStore Retail & Donation Center location, in Bonita Springs, complementing the original store in N. Ft. Myers.

2011

The organization officially changed its name to reflect the fact that it had served families in Hendry County for many years.  The name was revised to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc.

During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, Habitat turned the keys over to 70 families, each of whom moved into an existing home renovated to be like new.

2010

February – President and CEO Vern Archibald retires after 20 years of service to the organization, and Katherine Green is named as his successor.

2009

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County raises the walls on its 1000th home on March 14, 2009.

2008

The recession affects all homeowners in Southwest Florida.  Habitat focuses on purchasing and rehabbing homes and reselling them to qualifying families.

2007

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is named the second largest affiliate in the country for production and celebrated 25 years in the community.

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. awarded Habitat for Humanity of Lee County its “Excellence in Construction” trophy for the innovation of Habitat’s Senior Housing Complex located in N. Ft. Myers.

2006

In July, 10 six-unit buildings were completed with all new appliances and handicapped accessibility for tenants. The project was a first-of-its-kind idea for any Habitat affiliate to take on. The concept was to provide decent, affordable rental units for low income senior citizens.

In March, Habitat for Humanity of Lee County receives the “Affiliate of the Year” award from Habitat International.

Also in March, Habitat for Humanity of Lee County was awarded the Sam Mompongo Award for its tithing efforts. Lee County’s Habitat affiliate tithes 10 percent of every mortgage dollar paid by the homeowners for their homes. That tithe goes to Habitat International to be used for building homes overseas.  Habitat for Humanity of Lee County gave more than a million dollars in tithe which paid for the construction of 500 homes overseas in 2006.

Habitat built 131 housing units in 2006.

2004

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County, Florida dedicated its 500th home in January, 2004.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County broke ground on its landmark senior housing complex located near its office in North Fort Myers in November, 2004.

2001

Volunteers finished the wall-assembly system in the construction warehouse.  It consists of template tables where volunteers build the exterior walls of each home. Walls are constructed in the warehouse, strapped and stored in a lumber hanger, and transported to work sites where on-site volunteers complete a wall-raising. This system gave Habitat a boost in housing production from 40 homes a year to more than 80.

2000

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County built a construction warehouse at its current location in North Fort Myers. It was originally designed to store materials in bulk to take advantage of discount pricing. Volunteers recognized that the organization could streamline its bricks-and-sticks method of building homes on-site by creating a wall-assembly unit in the warehouse.

1999

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County expands its mission to Hendry County.

1995

In March, Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 100th home. The week of the dedication was proclaimed Habitat for Humanity Week in Lee County and the City of Fort Myers. Habitat for Humanity received a letter of congratulations from President Clinton.

Land located in Dunbar was purchased for the extensive subdivision called Habitat Beecher Village. This neighborhood of 73 homes was begun in October 1998 and completed in 2000.

1993

Habitat for Humanity opened a small storage area to assist homeowners with used furniture for their new homes.  Habitat supporters were so generous that the resale shop was soon opened to the public. As of 2010, the store has grown to a 27,000 sq. ft. facility in N. Ft. Myers, which is the largest thrift store in Lee County.  All profits from the ReStore Retail & Donation Centers fund our affordable homeownership program.

1990

Vern Archibald is appointed the first Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Lee County in May, 1990.

1987

Twenty-one homes were completed and occupied in Harlem Heights. Building expanded from Harlem Heights to include many other areas of Lee County, including Sabal Palms, Pine Manor, Dunbar, Alva, North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral and Bonita Springs.

1982

In October, Habitat for Humanity of Lee County receives its charter to be an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

1980

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on first Lee County home in Harlem Heights on February 23, 1980.

Celebrate Earth Week with Habitat for Humanity

Turn your trash into someone else’s treasure by recycling gently used items to Habitat’s North Fort Myers Thrift Store, located at 1288 North Tamiami Trail. By donating your furniture, appliances, electronics, clothing and construction materials, we can cut landfill waste and preserve the life of reusable items. This small change can help us create greener generations to come. Plus, all proceeds from Habitat’s Thrift Store go back into building houses in the community. On Thursday, April 22nd, help Habitat celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a 25% discount off everything in the Thrift Store!

Make an even bigger impact by participating in Habitat’s Cars For Homes program. Recycle a junk car, truck, boat, motorcycle or RV into decent, affordable housing by donating it to Habitat for Humanity! Each year the steel industry recycles more than 14 million tons of steel from end-of-life vehicles. This is equivalent to nearly 13.5 million new automobiles! Help us cut down on landfill waste and save our natural resources by calling (239) 652-0434 or visit our website at www.habitat4humanity.org. Also, when you donate your car, your vehicle donation may be eligible for tax deduction purposes if you itemize! (Consult the IRS or your tax adviser for details.)

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Lee County. So far, Habitat has built more than 1000 homes in Lee County since 1982. Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent housing for families who otherwise could not afford it. Homes are sold to the homeowners at no profit on an interest-free mortgage, making homeownership an affordable reality.

Home Sales Encourage Thrift Store Buys

With the recession in full swing, second-hand stores nationwide are finding an increasing acceptance by consumers. Locally, the boost in home sales has brought in bargain-conscious remodelers and builders to stock up on Habitat’s selections. “Habitat for Humanity of Lee County’s retail outlet has seen a new and growing customer base interested in fixing up homes, since housing has become more affordable. For us, this is a win-win situation because we use every dollar from our thrift stores to invest into the next Habitat home we provide,” says Vice President of Communications Trisha Goins.

Habitat’s thrift stores carry high-quality used — and sometimes new — building materials like doors, windows, cabinets and countertops at low prices. The store is also known to carry thrifty home and patio furniture as well. “Last year, we were able to provide about 7 homes just from thrift store sales. This year, we are projecting almost 12,” adds Goins. At 70 Habitat stores around the United States, sales rose 25 percent between 2007 and 2008, according to a recent Associated Press story. A national Habitat official said annual sales exceed $200 million.

To browse the mix of Habitat’s materials and furnishings, visit its North Fort Myers location at 1288 North Tamiami Trail, Monday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm or its Main street site in Labelle. You can call Habitat for Humanity of Lee County for more information, 239-652-0434.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the community. Since 1982, the affiliate has provided 1000 families a safe and affordable place to live. Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent housing for families who otherwise could not afford it. Homes are sold to the homeowners at no profit on an interest-free mortgage, making homeownership an affordable reality.

Bargains for the Buyers

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County’s North Fort Myers Thrift Store is bursting at the seams with home and lawn bargains! A donation of 700 new sinks and toilets will flood the store this week as an answer to rising costs in fixing up a house. Plus, new shipments from Robb and Stucky Furniture continue to fill the 27,000 square feet as bargain hunters scour for the best deals. The store also contains almost 100 residential windows, new and slightly used living room, dining room, bedroom and patio sets, as well as Jacuzzi tubs, flooring and wall tile, appliances, doors and office furniture.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County operates three thrift stores; one in Cape Coral, one in Labelle and the largest located in North Fort Myers. The stores prices are designed to move inventory regardless of profit margins. In the end, all monies from Thrift Store sales go toward building homes for those in need. Habitat for Humanity of Lee County’s three thrift stores can afford to sell new and used goods at very low prices because all the merchandise has been donated by retailers, manufacturers, distributors, contractors and even homeowners. In return, donors get a tax deduction. If you are interested in shopping or donating to Habitat’s Thrift Store, please call 239-652-0388.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Lee County. So far, Habitat has built more than 900 homes in Lee County since 1982. Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent housing for families who otherwise could not afford it. Homes are sold to the homeowners at no profit on an interest-free mortgage, making homeownership an affordable reality.

Shadow Wood Community Tops Half-a-Million Dollars for Habitat

Bonita’s Shadow Wood Community is on a roll to raise a million dollars for Habitat for Humanity of Lee County. The community’s latest fundraising effort, their 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing on February 21st, put them over the half million dollar mark. With over 180 participants, the golf outing included over 60 silent and live auction items. In addition to the golfers, all residents of Shadow Wood and the Shadow Wood Preserve had a chance to win raffle prizes; a year paid in Shadow Wood County Club golf dues and gift certificates to DuFrane Jewelers, Best Buy, Norris Furniture, Mondo Uomo Clothing Store and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. In all, the Shadow Wood Community has sponsored almost a dozen homes with Habitat for Humanity of Lee County.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Lee County. So far, Habitat has built more than 900 homes in Lee County since 1982. Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent housing for families who otherwise could not afford it. Homes are sold to the homeowners at no profit on an interest-free mortgage, making homeownership an affordable reality.

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