Corporate partnerships provide a lasting investment in the community. Two years ago, FCCI Insurance Group (FCCI) had the vision to partner with Habitat for Humanity Sarasota through the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program (CCTCP). This tax credit program is designed to encourage private investment within Florida Enterprise Zones, assist low-income housing projects in Florida and promote volunteerism.
The need for affordable housing in Sarasota has sky rocketed and Habitat Sarasota has an aggressive build schedule to provide 66 homes over the next four years. “The lack of affordable housing and the overall cost of housing in Sarasota County is taking a toll on our working families in many ways. They are stressed with the financial burden of paying more than 50-75% of their income toward rent. When parents are financially strained, their children feel it too. Inadequate living conditions cause these children to struggle in school which results in a perpetual cycle of poverty.” says Renee Snyder, executive director.
FCCI understands the need and is doing their part to break the cycle. Volunteer teams are being assembled. Momentum is building. This fall, FCCI will begin their third CCTCP sponsored home. Their employees have once again committed to volunteer at least 200 hours toward sustainable housing in their community. “We are blessed with FCCI’s philanthropic spirit, a spirit which is deep within the corporate culture of FCCI and a huge win for affordable housing in our community,” expresses Renee.
It’s not just about receiving a stimulus. It’s about FCCI’s commitment to the community. “We look for ways to contribute to our local communities. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity Sarasota to build homes for families in need is a great way for our company to give back and for our teammates to get involved,” says Craig Johnson, FCCI President & CEO. Visit a Habitat Sarasota build site on any given Tuesday or Thursday morning and you will find FCCI employees swinging a hammer and bonding with a future homeowner. Over the course of two years, 110 FCCI employees have worked side by side with future homeowners and become an extended part of Habitat Sarasota family. From raising walls on the build sites to preparing the Habitat Sarasota ReStore for its huge Christmas sale, FCCI employees have provided more than 700 hours toward Habitat’s mission.