Friday, February 26, 2021

 

Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $5K for Next Watauga Habitat for Humanity Home


Publix Charities has awarded Watauga County Habitat for Humanity a $5,000 grant to build an affordable home in the Meat Camp Community. The funding is part of an $2.5 million donation to 113 Habitat for Humanity affiliates and 76 additional organizations providing housing and shelter services across the Southeast.

“We’ve had a long history of support from Publix Super Markets Charities,” said Allison Jennings, Watauga Habitat’s director of development.  “Publix Charities understand safe and affordable housing transforms families and communities for generations to come. Now, more than ever, people need a safe place to call home,” said Jennings.

“A home often represents stability and independence in one’s life. In what has already been a difficult year, there are far too many people in our country struggling with housing insecurity,” said Publix Super Markets Charities Executive Director Kelly Williams-Puccio. 

Over the last 6 years, PSMC has donated more than $25 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates and other nonprofit organizations providing housing and shelter services throughout the states where Publix operates. This latest $2.5 million donation reinforces PSMC’s commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through transitional support, client service programs and financial support for housing.

The $5000 grant awarded to Watauga County Habitat will support the construction of a home for App State employee, Sheila Potter.  This newly constructed home is the second App Builds a Home project.  Students and staff from Appalachian State have committed to fundraising and building this home.  “With so many people in our community struggling for access to safe and affordable housing, we are thankful for Publix Charities continued support and it could not have come at a better time,” said Jennings.  “Construction on the App Builds a Home project begins this spring.  Appalachian State students and staff are committed to working alongside Sheila Potter until she has achieved the American Dream of homeownership.” To learn more about App Builds a Home visit appbuildsahome.appstate.edu.



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