FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2016) – Scanlon Auto Group recently held its second company-wide Habitat Build Day on Jan. 16.
More than 20 employees from Scanlon Auto joined another 10 local volunteers to help build a home in the Majorca Palms Estates, located off Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers.
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc. purchased the partially developed Majorca Palms Estates property in 2013 in order to convert the undeveloped land into 42 single-family home lots.
Companies, like Scanlon Auto, may sponsor to build a Habitat home as well as donate their time to help raise the walls on the structure.
“Southwest Florida has been very good to us, and we want this community to thrive so that others may pursue their dreams here as well,” said Jay Scanlon, vice president of Scanlon Auto Group. “We are honored to be a part of the great work Habitat does every day to make these dreams a reality.”
In October 2015, Scanlon traveled with a group of Southwest Florida volunteers for an international Habitat outreach trip to Guatemala where they built smokeless stoves and latrines.
Habitat homes are built through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. The homes are then sold to low-income families with a low- or no-interest mortgage and monthly payments set at less than 30 percent of the homeowner’s income, making homeownership an affordable reality. Habitat homeowners must qualify financially for the program, save $1,700 toward their closing costs, attend classes focusing on successful homeownership, budgeting and home maintenance, and complete 300 hours of “sweat equity” by volunteering at Habitat.
Scanlon Auto Group supports a number of charitable events and organizations through monetary support and materials including vehicles for golf tournaments, parades and races. Annually, Scanlon Auto donates more than $200,000 locally. As a Lexus dealer, it provides support through various corporate programs including The Lexus Pursuit of Potential, Dealer Matching Funds, the Lexus Eco Challenge, Champions for Charity golf events and more. In addition to being major sponsors of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Scanlon Auto is also a major contributor to The United Way of Lee County, Arts for ACT, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and many other organizations that support the people and the arts in our area.
The Scanlon family has been operating car dealerships in Southwest Florida since 1980. Today, Scanlon Auto Group includes Scanlon Lexus and Scanlon Acura, both located south on U.S 41 in Fort Myers.
For more information on volunteering for Habitat, call 239-652-1684. For more information on Scanlon Auto, call 239-433-2277 or visit www.scanlonauto.com.