Manatee County Habitat Announces Project in Collaboration with State College of Florida MLK Day of Service
Manatee Habitat joins State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota to transform the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into a day on, not a day off. Manatee Habitat will install free smoke detectors for eligible homeowners in the Samoset neighborhood.
Building on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community,” Manatee County Habitat for Humanity announced plans today to honor King’s legacy through a series of projects in the Samoset community. Over the next year, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and The King Center’s MLK 50 Forward initiative, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is renewing and strengthening its commitment to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live and the opportunity for a better future.
Through funding from the Florida Legislature and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), Manatee Habitat will join a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into a day in which people make a difference in their communities.
For MLK Day of Service 2019, Manatee Habitat, in partnership with United Way Suncoast, the Samoset Neighborhood Association, and Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue, will install free smoke detectors for eligible homeowners on Saturday, Jan 19th, 2019. Samoset residents may sign up with Habitat to participate in this free safety program, which includes a free smoke detector, free emergency preparedness kit, and a fire safety demonstration at the Oasis Community Center in Samoset. A community cook out will follow. Manatee Habitat recently announced the Samoset neighborhood to be the site of their fourth housing development, Poling Gardens. The planned 17 home development will provide much needed affordable housing to families in need of safe and secure housing. Poling Gardens is currently in the planning process and will begin construction in 2020.
This effort will build on work being performed by other Habitats across the country undertaking Beloved Community projects, including the construction of new affordable homes, critical home repairs and community revitalization initiatives.
“In 2018, as we mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. King’s tragic death and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, we renew our pledge to make the concept of a Beloved Community a reality,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, of human decency that leaves no room for poverty or prejudice or violence, unless we build it. And so we build.”
Habitat is partnering with The King Center in Atlanta as it marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
“With every new home that Habitat for Humanity builds, we move one step closer to my father’s vision of the Beloved Community,” said Dr. Bernice A. King. “Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity has been lifting families up through God’s love and showing them the path to take control of their lives through homeownership. This year, we’re going to have an even more powerful voice for those families and future homeowners so that one day, everyone lives in the Beloved Community with agape love.”
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity invites others to join in pledging to help build the Beloved Community and joining us for the MLK Day of Service 2019. Samoset residents interested in participating in the fire safety program may contact Crystal Frazer, Community Outreach Manager, at (941) 748-9100 ext. 116.
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Opens New ReStore on SR 70
Bradenton, FL (September 6, 2018)- Over one hundred and fifty customers were lined up at the front door of Manatee Habitat’s new ReStore on Saturday, August 18th. Anxious customers who had been checking regularly to see when the new ReStore would open lined up to be the first ones in at 9:00am. Customers could enjoy fun activities like a bounce house, hourly prize drawings, popcorn and cotton candy to celebrate the Grand Opening. The ReStore has much to offer everyone and plays a critical role in raising revenue needed to help build and affordable housing for working families in Manatee County.
The Habitat ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The Habitat ReStores located on Hardin Ave. and Cortez Rd. have merged into the new ReStore on SR 70, bringing all the best deals into one convenient location of over 30,000 square feet. By the end of the first day, an estimated 5,000 customer had stopped in. The successful open is credited to the planning of the staff and the 40 volunteers who helped out for the Grand Opening. The successful launch of the new ReStore is just the first step in a plan to see the ReStore exceed expectations and have a bigger impact on Manatee Habitat’s mission. Manatee Habitat for Humanity was recently selected to take part in an entrepreneurial initiative program to increase the earned income capability of the ReStore.
Margin & Mission Ignition 2018 is an initiative of The Patterson Foundation designed to strengthen entrepreneurial capacity and increase nonprofit mission impact through the development and implementation of earned income strategies. Manatee Habitat will participate in the 30-month consulting process with No Margin, No Mission. They are a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation. “We are thrilled to have been selected for this Initiative and look forward to working alongside our consultants to help take our organization to a new level, “said Diana Shoemaker, Executive Director of Manatee Habitat.
The Manatee Habitat ReStore is located at 5108 15th St. E. in Bradenton, on State Road 70. Store hours are Monday-Saturday from 9am-7pm. Donations of gently used items can be dropped off at the ReStore or call Manatee Habitat to schedule a free pickup at (941) 355-7082.
Manatee Habitat is actively recruiting volunteers to help in the ReStore. Activities range from customer services to helping process donations. Contact Manatee Habitat to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the ReStore, build sites, or community outreach.
MANATEE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, volunteer-based organization with the mission to develop resources, educate and mobilize people to work alongside families in need, rehabilitating existing homes and building sustainable, affordable homes, thereby improving the quality of life in Manatee County. For more information about Manatee Habitat visit www.manateehabitat.org.
About Margin & Mission Ignition 2018
An initiative of The Patterson Foundation, Margin & Mission Ignition 2018 is an opportunity for local nonprofits in our region to develop and implement earned-income strategies to strengthen mission impact. For more information about The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition initiative, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.