Habitat receives donation from Caterpillar

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

The Building Construction Products (BCP) Division of Caterpillar in Sanford recently presented a check on behalf of the Caterpillar Foundation to the Lee County Habitat for Humanity for $12,500. This donation will support Habitat’s effort to build and rehabilitate homes in the community.

The Building Construction Products Division of Caterpillar has a standing partnership with the surrounding area Habitat for Humanity organizations. Last year, the Sanford facility provided a check in addition to machines and labor. “We think supporting an organization like Habitat is beneficial to both the community and our employees. We want to help our neighbors and also provide an opportunity for our employees to get involved,” said Julie Ammons, Human Resources Manager for the BCP Sanford facility.

The majority of these recently donated funds will go to helping a single mother and her two children move into a new house in Sanford. “She is getting close to putting in all of her sweat equity hours and is extremely excited to move into this house. This will make a huge difference in all of their lives,” said Gary Wicker, Executive Director of the Lee County/Sanford area Habitat.

As part of the process to become a homeowner with Habitat, the family must invest sweat-equity hours in building their future home, make an affordable down payment, make timely mortgage payments and attend homeowner education classes. All of this ensures sustainable and transformational development.

Dan Morris and Bruce Phillips, Caterpillar retirees, are actively involved with the Habitat of Sanford. “It’s incredible to see Caterpillar really helping out the Habitat organization,” said Morris.