January 2018 Around Town 2

1,500th Habitat Home Celebrated

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties achieved a major milestone, building and dedicating their 1,500th home. A special dedication ceremony was held to commemorate the event and celebrate with the Habitat homebuyer, home sponsor Chico’s FAS Inc., Habitat board members, donors and volunteers. During the ceremony, the house keys were handed over to the Habitat homebuyer, Yacnima, who achieved her own milestone by providing a home for her and her two boys, ages 10 and 14. Yacnima earned and purchased her Habitat home. She completed 300 hours of sweat equity, attended financial literacy and home maintenance classes, paid $1,700 in closing costs, signed her mortgage and will pay an affordable, monthly mortgage payment.

Habitat’s 1,500th home is significant as it symbolizes that 1,500 families have partnered with Habitat to earn and purchase a safe and decent place to call home. More than 3,500 people now have stable housing, improved health and the opportunity to budget and save for other needs.

Habitat started as a grassroots effort in 1980, building single-family homes as a response to the deplorable living conditions in the Harlem Heights community. The local office, which officially became a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in 1982, has become one of the largest in the country. In the past 35 years, 176 Habitat homebuyers have paid off their mortgages, 746 families have received homeownership counseling, and more than 80,000 people have volunteered with Habitat in Lee and Hendry counties.

Since 2001, Chico’s FAS has partnered with Habitat and worked alongside families to build strength and stability through shelter. The 1,500th Habitat home is also a major milestone for Chico’s FAS as it is the 41st home they have sponsored.

NFMHS JROTC Team Captures Second National Championship in a Row

North Fort Myers High School’s Mixed Raider Team won its second national championship in a row in November at the JROTC Raider National Championships in Molena, Georgia.

The competition attracted the best of the best Army JROTC programs from around the country. More than 80 teams competed in five timed events: an obstacle course, cross-country rescue, rope bridge, 5K team run and physical team test. 

The JROTC program in Lee County has an enrollment of 5,700 cadets in 14 schools. The mission of the JROTC program is to motivate young people to be better citizens.

Promotional Incentives Inc. Hires Marketing and Sales Associate

Promotional Incentives Inc. is proud to announce and welcome Alexander Rivero as the company’s marketing and sales associate.

Rivero will be assisting with sales presentations and product research, designing and implementing marketing campaigns, as well as managing the company’s social media platforms.

Rivero is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication and public relations. During his final semester at Florida Gulf Coast University, he had the opportunity to intern at Promotional Incentives.

As a student, he achieved seven years’ experience in consumer sales and was an active member of the student Florida Public Relations Association at Florida Gulf Coast University.

“I am ecstatic to join the Promotional Incentives team. I hope to display my strong qualities and work ethic with the company,” Rivero says. “I want to bring a positive attitude to our work environment and hopeful that with the addition of my attitude and skills help transition into more success for the company.”

For more information on getting results-oriented promotions, contact Promotional Incentives at 239.549.2555 or PromotionalIncentives.com.