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Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties Charity In North Fort Myers Florida

Habitat For Humanity Of Lee And Hendry Counties

 North Fort Myers     Florida

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Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties Charity Profile

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc. began with the Lee County Mission Board. Supported by area places of worship, this non-profit group ministered to needy families in Lee County. The Mission Board focused its efforts in Harlem Heights, a neglected former migrant worker housing area in the southern part of Lee County, located between the present-day Gulf Harbor and Healthpark medical complex in Ft. Myers, Florida.

In the late 1950s, the Mission Board was instrumental in securing a federal housing grant that resulted in the construction of more than 40 homes in Harlem Heights. Funding ended in 1979, and no other federal grants were approved. Mission Board members Ed Campbell and his wife, Dorothy, told the Board about the fledgling housing ministry called Habitat for Humanity which Millard Fuller founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia. The Campbells had become familiar with the organization after visiting a building site in nearby Collier County.

In 1979, the mission board invited Millard Fuller to Lee County to share his housing ministry idea. Millard flew to Fort Myers and told the mission board this:

“To start a Habitat affiliate you need to get a piece of plywood, paint it white and write the words Habitat for Humanity on it. Erect this sign in the ground outside the piece of property you plan to build the house on. Start digging a trench on this land as if you were to pour a foundation for the home, but don’t actually pour the concrete, just dig the trench. Once you have the trench dug, fill it all back in and dig it again, fill it back in and dig it again.” The mission board thought “what on earth are you talking about? We want to build homes, not dig in the dirt.” But the mission board did as they were told. A couple weeks passed by and a man in a red pickup stopped by and said, “I drive by here every day and I see you doing the same thing day in and day out. What are you doing?” The group pointed to the sign and said, “Habitat for Humanity, we’re building homes for people who cannot afford a safe and decent place to live.” This gentleman was a contractor and ended up funding the first two homes in Lee County, as well as provided all the labor the construction.

The Mission Board appointed a Habitat for Humanity Administrative Committee and launched a fundraising campaign. When the Lee County Commission donated land in Harlem Heights, the Administrative Committee invited Millard Fuller to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony. With Ed Campbell as project director, Habitat for Humanity of Lee County housed its first family in its new home by Christmas 1980.

In addition to Ed and Dorothy Campbell, other leaders of the Mission Board included Duera Mae Everett, a highly regarded activist and Harlem Height’s resident, along with Reverend Ben Zaglaniczy and Ida Rodriguez.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties was granted affiliate status in October, 1982, one of the first affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties Volunteer Information

Creating affordable housing is a community effort. We strive to create a great volunteer experience for people and organizations that wish to help in our mission. We invite you to use your abilities for either a few hours or for an entire day, the rewards are limitless.

This year we will be focusing on rehabilitation of existing homes, as well as fundraising opportunities. This will enable Habitat for Humanity to not only sell the rehabbed homes, but also purchase land for future home construction.

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

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties Donation Information

You can donate to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc. through the organization's website at http://habitat4humanity.org.

The ReStore Retail & Donation Center specializes in construction items, appliances, furniture and overstock items. The ReStore will pick up large items for free - call 239-652-0388 to schedule a pick-up.

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Checks, Credit Card, Cash, Online, Gifts In Kind, Matching, Assets, Real Estate, Annuities, Vehicle, Bequest Legacy, Memorial, Tribute, Grant, Goodsearch

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties In The News

Lee Co. Habitat for Humanity dedicates new Opelika home

2 days ago From WTVM  

COLUMBUS, GEORGIA - Roderick and Miyoshi Marshall, along with their two sons, will receive the ultimate Christmas gift by becoming new homeowners as the Lee County Habitat for Humanity's 56th home is dedicated to them Tuesday morning. "It's just a blessing ...

Women build homes for Habitat

224 days ago From The News-Press   View Archived Article

CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA - Vicki Triolo, left, and Pat Benner, seen here through a window, paint Wednesday while working on a Habitat for Humanity House in Cape Coral. Most of the work on the house was done by women. / Terry Allen Williams/news-press.com What: Habitat for ...

Family gets a new home in time for the holidays

377 days ago From Wink News   View Archived Article

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - They're getting a house thanks to Habitat for Humanity. But it wasn't a smooth ride to move-in day for the father of four. Marcos Maldonado is officially the owner of this home on Spruce Drive. And for him, it's better late than never. .. ...

Publix gives generous donation to Habitat for Humanity

386 days ago From Wink News   View Archived Article

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry counties is going into the holidays with plenty to celebrate. Fifty thousand reasons to celebrate to be exact. Habitat for Humanity will be able to rehab and build a home, thanks to another generous donation fro ...

More families seeking Habitat for Humanity homes

505 days ago From Wink News   View Archived Article

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties says more families are coming for help, after staring down high rent prices and a shaky economy. Chapter president Kitty Green says more than 500 families have expressed interest in their program within ...

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