Orlando, FL (Feb. 28, 2023) — Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County announces a $20,000 youth-led disaster preparedness grant from State Farm to help better prepare Central Floridians for the upcoming hurricane season. As part of the grant, local State Farm agents and Valencia College students distributed five-gallon buckets filled with household disaster response supplies on Thursday, Feb. 23.
“The affordable housing crisis became that much more evident after last year’s hurricane season, so being able to help our community is an invaluable experience for all of us,” Jose Soto, State Farm Corporate Responsibility Analyst. “As we prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, we encourage other organizations to get involved with and support Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County.”
The disaster preparedness bucket project kicked off with a large turnout at Osceola County Housing & Community Services. Alongside the bucket distribution, volunteers also provided information on evacuation, communication and preparedness plans.
“Our heartfelt thanks to State Farm for their impactful support helping folks in our community recover from Hurricanes Ian and Nicole over the last several months,” said Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County President & CEO Catherine Steck McManus. “We could not have done this work without the trust and generosity of local businesses like State Farm and its agents and staff.”
About Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County: Driven by a vision that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live, Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County builds and repairs homes and strengthens communities. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat Orlando & Osceola to build or improve places to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Working together by donating, volunteering or becoming an advocate, everyone can help members of our community live in safe, affordable homes. Founded in 1986, Habitat Orlando & Osceola is one of Habitat for Humanity International’s over 1,100 affiliates working in communities throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries. To learn more, visit HabitatOrlandoOsceola.org.
About State Farm: For 100 years, the mission of State Farm has been and continues to be to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its more than 19,400 agents and approximately 53,400 employees serve over 87 million policies and accounts – which includes auto, fire, life, health, commercial policies and financial services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 42 on the 2022 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.