Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company, presented a donation of $10,000 to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. "At Wachovia/Wells Fargo, we're committed to support the communities in which we live and work,” said Brandon Hogue, District Manager of Wachovia/Wells Fargo. “Partnering with Habitat for Humanity allows us to reach out and help folks achieve affordable home ownership. This is especially important as we continue to face challenging economic conditions and unemployment rates in 2011. The Hope Community project was something Wachovia/Wells Fargo was glad to be a part of and we look forward to it's ongoing success in Manatee County."
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Board President, James Frame, explains, “We are thankful and appreciative of the support we are shown by Wachovia/Wells Fargo. Their generosity makes it possible for us at Manatee Habitat to move toward our vision of eliminating sub-standard housing in this community.” Whether it’s building new homes or repairing existing homes through painting, yard work, or minor repairs, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is here to help the community. Manatee Habitat’s newest community, Hope Landing is “an exciting step forward,” according to Board President James Frame, because Manatee Habitat will build every home in the new neighborhood using energy-efficient construction techniques. “In addition to saving Habitat families up to 50% on their energy bills, these homes will be quieter and more resistant to storms.” Manatee Habitat broke ground on its new neighborhood in early 2010, which will include 18 villa-style homes when complete. A little-known fact about Habitat for Humanity is that it actually helps children as much as adults here in Manatee County. With support from people like you, Habitat volunteers have built more than 100 homes in Manatee County. Since starting to build neighborhoods in 2003, Manatee Habitat helped:47 families become homeowners. These families have a combined total of 124 children. 70% of these children were under the age of 10 when they moved into their new homes, a time in their lives when the positive impact of a stable home is greatest. It is because of support that Habitat is able to move toward their vision of eliminating sub-standard housing in this community. Manatee Habitat not only builds homes for families in need, they change lives as they offer renewed hope for the families they serve. For each family Habitat is able to place in a simple, decent home, we are one step closer to accomplishing the goal of making it a better community for us all. To donate and support Manatee Habitat, visit their website at www.manateehabitat.org or call 941-748-9100.