Volunteers from Achieva Credit Union recently joined Habitat for Humanity Sarasota to help with the build of three homes at Hammock Place, Habitat Sarasota’s first planned community, which will have 40-single family homes.
A group of 15 Achieva employees volunteered with Habitat Sarasota on-site at Hammock Place on May 18, doing everything from painting, flooring and interior framing at the three homes.
Three local families also worked with the Achieva team as part of their “sweat equity” requirements through Habitat Sarasota. “Sweat equity” means that families must complete a minimum of 300 volunteer hours helping to build Habitat homes, in order to purchase a Habitat Sarasota home.
“It’s important for us to help fund the construction of these homes, but it’s even more meaningful to also put some elbow grease into building these homes,” said Susan Lacey, Achieva’s Market Vice President in Sarasota. “Our Achieva team was thrilled to work alongside the families who will eventually live in these homes.”
In April 2019, Habitat Sarasota held a block party, sponsored by Achieva, to celebrate the construction of Hammock Place homes. Over the summer, representatives from Habitat Sarasota will hold home dedication ceremonies for the families once their houses are complete.
“Great things happen in our community when we all join together,” said Renee Snyder, Habitat Sarasota’s president and CEO. “Habitat Sarasota digs deep every day through partnerships to do more for the families we serve.”
The development of Hammock Place was made possible through Habitat Sarasota’s “Lives Transformed: The Campaign for Hammock Place,” a capital campaign that started in April 2018. The goal of the campaign is to raise $7 million by end of 2020 to build 40 homes to provide qualified families with permanent, affordable housing. The first 11 homes are fully funded.
Achieva will continue to form meaningful partnerships that benefit the Sarasota community and expand its presence in the Sarasota market. For more information, visit www.achievacu.com or call 727-431-7680.