Hometown Habitat News

Sponsor of the Month – Wells Fargo

We are so proud to once again partner with the Wells Fargo Foundation to provide access and opportunity to safe, affordable housing in Lake and Sumter Counties. Wells Fargo shares our belief that everyone deserves a safe place to call home and annually invests time and resources in our mission to build homes, communities, and hope. 

This year, the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter a $15,000 grant to critically repair a home in Mount Dora, Florida. We are one of more than 230 Habitat for Humanity affiliates awarded grant funding nationwide through the 2023 Wells Fargo Builds program to help more low-to-moderate income families access affordable homes.

The grant, along with the support of Wells Fargo volunteers, will help repair a home for a multi-generational family in Mount Dora. Critical home repairs increase the safety and accessibility for low-income homeowners unable to maintain the health and safety of their home by themselves due to age, disability, or family circumstances.

Repairs to the family home include electrical re-wiring, roof, and windows replacement, and required building code repairs and upgrades that will allow the home to be safe and livable for an additional 15 years or more.

“As a company, we believe a quality, affordable place to call home is something everyone should have,” said Kate Wilson, Senior Vice President, Community Relations at Wells Fargo. “We’re proud to join Habitat for Humanity once again here in Lake-Sumter to help families and older adults live more affordably and remain in their homes and communities they love.”

This September, we’ll join hands with Wells Fargo team members and Habitat affiliates around the world for the Wells Fargo #WelcomeHome volunteer event. Welcome Home is an annual Wells Fargo initiative focused on engaging volunteers in activities to build and strengthen communities worldwide. From Sept. 1 through Oct. 8, Employee Impact Teams partner with philanthropic organizations focused on Wells Fargo Foundation’s funding priorities — one of which is housing affordability.

The companywide initiative is expected to draw more than 5,000 employees from all facets of the company. Volunteers will spend more than 24,000 hours working on projects and charities in their local communities. Habitat alone is coordinating Welcome Home events in more than 14 countries.

While working with Habitat Lake-Sumter’s construction and project managers on September 16th, the Wells Fargo team will be framing and raising walls during their special volunteer day in Leesburg.  Their hard work will translate into a local family taking the next steps in their journey to homeownership.

Homeownership creates long-lasting and life-changing impact on families and communities, including providing a source of wealth and asset-building, influencing health and educational outcomes, and contributing to positive community development.

Thank you, Wells Fargo for your immeasurable impact!