Advanced Disposal Gives Back To St. Johns County By Providing Affordable Housing In Partnership With Habitat For Humanity
PONTE VEDRA, Fla.
Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, began construction of a new home Friday in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County. Advanced Disposal employees spent the day volunteering by helping build and raise the walls for the new home.
Headquartered in St. Johns County, Advanced Disposal employees from three local offices will team up to volunteer for several weeks, helping build a brand new home for St. Augustine resident Cheryle Ison.
“The last home I owned was about 10 years ago. I had to give it up and sell it because I had breast cancer,” said Ison as she looked over the site of what will soon be her home. “I’ve always dreamt of building a house, but never did I think I would help with building my own! This organization has renewed my faith in humanity.”
“We are incredibly excited to help give back to the community and work with a non-profit like Habitat for Humanity,” said CEO Richard Burke. “We want to actively be involved in the community we live and work in, as well as bring our team members together for a worthy cause.”
In total, the company will donate $48,000 and 200 employee volunteer hours to Habitat for Humanity. According to a recent United Way ALICE report, 45 percent of households in Florida struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation. One of the challenges facing St. Johns County is providing affordable housing. In return for Advanced Disposal’s contribution, the company will receive a tax credit up to 50 percent of the appraised value of the house thanks to Florida’s Community Contribution Tax Credit Program (CCTCP).
“This is a great incentive for businesses looking to improve the St. Johns community through housing and development projects,” said Executive Director Alia Reimer. “Advanced Disposal is paving the way for many more companies to learn about CCTCP and the incentive for promoting home ownership.”
To find out more about the CCTCP program, visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity by clicking here. You can learn more about Habitat for Humanity, and help build a home for someone in need by visiting their website here.
Photo: Advanced Disposal volunteers work together as they help raise a wall at the build site.
Photo: With some guidance from the Habitat for Humanity team, Advanced Disposal team members worked hard and helped each other along the way.
Photo: Advanced Disposal volunteers pose with their CCTCP donation of $48,000 to Habitat for Humanity L to R top: Joseph Seaman, Barbara Martin, Lynne Graley, Kirstyn Shepler, Tom Swift, Bill Sofera, Christian Mills and Jordan Gunnelson, L to R bottom: Audrey Aviles, CAO Bill Westrate, Bobby Greene, CEO Richard Burke, future homeowner Cheryle Ison, Nathan Niedel, Director of Habitat for Humanity – St. Johns Alia Reimer and Mark Nighbor.
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