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MEETINGS...

Habitat Middle Keys holds quarterly meetings that are open for anyone interested in getting more involved. They are held on the 3rd Monday of January, April, July and October. At these meetings we discuss our current operations, mission and future plans. The meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. at 8055 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Florida. Please join us and meet our Board of Directors and other key volunteers. Help us put God's love into action and build homes, communities and hope.

Working Committee Meetings......
In addition to our quarterly meetings, our working committees meet on a regular basis to discuss the specifics of what is happening in each of their areas of focus. If you would like to contribute in any of the following committees:

  • Church & Community Relations
  • Site Selection & Building
  • Family Selection
  • Family Support
  • Resource Development & Fundraising

Please contact our Executive Director @ 305-743-9828 / execdirector@habitatmiddlekeys.org and she will put you in contact with the committee chairperson to inform you of the next meeting.


March 2018

Since Hurricane Irma hit 6 months ago, Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys completed over 20 disaster repairs with over 20 more in the works. Helping our neighbors get back home after the storm rolled through is our top priority these days. We’ve been blessed with various volunteer groups stepping in to help us get the work done. Students from Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Texas spent five straight days at our construction sites. We’re grateful for all of our volunteers’ hard work and dedication, and our goal of completing 200 critical home repairs through year 2020 would not be possible without others’ generosity. This month we were also notified that our affiliate is the recipient of an amazing grant from The Miami Foundation. With this grant, we will be able to purchase construction materials for at least eight disaster repair projects.


February 2018

Our very own Family Services Manager, Meghan, was the guest speaker at the February Marathon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. She beautifully spread the word about our Critical Home Repair program. This month we were excited to add 8 homes to the number of families we helped with their post-Irma repairs. A huge thank you to The Upper Keys Rotary Club!!!! Habitat Middle Keys can't thank you enough for the generous grant that will support our #HabitatHammersBack program. Thanks to their generosity, we can continue to provide Critical Home Repairs to our neighbors. Our Keys community is amazing!


Habitat Middle Keys Executive Director with members from other wonderful Keys organizations


January 2018

2018 is off to a busy but great start thanks to our generous and STRONG community. Publix granted Habitat Middle Keys an incredible donation of $80,000 specifically to contribute and assist in our Hurricane Irma repairs goals and partial house sponsorship. And a big thank you to United Way of the Florida Keys! Their wonderfully generous grant of $10,000 for our #HabitatHammersBack program makes a huge impact on Habitat’s Critical Home Repairs. In fact, in the month of January we had 7 projects in the works. We would never be able to help so many families repair their homes after Hurricane Irma without the help of others, like Publix and United Way of the Florida Keys, in our tightknit community.

With so many projects underway as we move forward with the Critical Home Repair program, our team is growing! We’re excited to welcome Jim Marshall as the Construction Manager, Neil Tweardy as the Disaster Recovery Coordinator, and Jess D’Ascanio as the Administrative Manager. 2018 is sure to be a dynamic year!


December 2017

The Wells Fargo Team presents Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys a most gracious donation of $8,000 to help us build new affordable homes and support our post irma recovery efforts. This donation is such a blessing—presented on Dec. 6th while we all attended the community day event at Wells Fargo's Mobile Response Unit (MRU) that has been set up in Marathon, FL as they continue to assist customers with recovery. Wells Fargo Mobile Response Unit is a multi-functional, 75-ft. heavy-duty commercial vehicle created to assist customers impacted by a disaster. Best described as an "office on wheels," the Mobile Response Unit is designed to bring answers and valuable information directly to the communities Wells Fargo serves regarding how to begin the personal recovery and rebuilding process. It has multiple private offices, computers, cellular data feed with satellite backup and is powered by self-contained generators.


November 2017

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund granted over $150,000 to local non-profits at the Marathon Chamber of Commerce November Luncheon. Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys received $5,000 of this grant to assist in #HabitatHammersBack Critical Repair Program to rebuild our community.


November 2017

Thank you Marathon friends and neighbors!!! We are humbled and honored to be voted as the Best Non-Profit Organization in the fabulous Middle Keys. We will make you proud as we begin repairing and rebuilding our island.

#HabitatHammersBack #HabitatFlorida #HabitatMiddleKeys

And a HUGE thank you to The Keys Weekly and Marathon Rotary for presenting such a great event and to the sponsors who help make it happen: FKEC, PromotionsGuy.com, Keys FCU, Bishop Rosasco & Co., and Gonzalez Landscaping.

#MarathonStrong


October 2017

POST HURRICANE IRMA

The outpouring of companies and individuals reaching out with monetary donations to our community, to help with rebuilding has been amazing!!!

Habitat is so grateful to Reeves Construction/SouthEast Emulsions. They came to visit with a gracious and most wonderful $1500 donation to our Middle Keys affiliate. This money will be used 100% towards the rebuilding in the Middle Keys—the Heart of the Florida Keys. Pictured: Chris Todd Young, Exec Director of Habitat and Michael Burdette of SouthEast Emulsions.

Reeves Construction Company


June 2017

Bank of America supports affordable home ownership in Marathon, Florida with a generous donation of $2500.

Bank of America


June 2017

Home Dedication Ceremony to celebrate our newest home owners, honor our commitment to building and creating affordable home ownership on our island and thank the people and companies that help make our mission come true.

Home Dedication Ceremony


June 2017

These wonderful companies sponsored the build of these homes through the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program.

MBY

Coldwell

Royal Furniture

Faro Blanco


June 2017 Summer Solstice

Thank you to Island Yoga and Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel and Resort for hosting a wonderful fundraising event for Habitat.

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice


Easter 2017 Bagging

Board Directors and volunteers joined in, ears and all, to bag groceries for donations at Publix Marathon, Florida.

Summer Solstice


January 2017

HARD WORKING LOCAL FAMILY REALIZES THE DREAM OF AFFORDABLE HOME OWNERSHIP

Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys Board of Directors along with community leaders, supporters, volunteers, and friends celebrated the hard work and dedication that it took to complete the new affordable home for hard-working couple, long time locals and Marathon High School graduates Ryan and Maria Banks and their 3 lovely daughters. The Home Dedication Ceremony, a staple for the Habitat Homeownership Program, was held on January 7th at 10am. This ceremony is a time for dedicating and blessing the home for the family as well as a day to thank all of the individuals and companies who help make this dream a reality.

The 2016 Habitat Board of Directors volunteer and dedicate a large amount of time towards their mission of creating affordable homeownership in Marathon with the help of community volunteers and donations from individuals and local companies. The construction partners on this home were Valspar Paint, Cameron Carpet Cleaning, Florida Keys A/C, Gonzalez Landscaping, Kelly & Son Electric, GA Contractors and Steve's Plumbing. The community partners that Habitat can count on yearly with donations are Publix Super Markets Charities, Centennial Bank, Iberiabank, Marathon & Lower Keys Association of Realtors, Florida Realtors with Homeownership for All, Inc., Marathon Boat Yard, City of Marathon, Bank of America, Fishermen's Community Hospital, Law Office of Christopher B. Waldera, Dennis and CM Bishop and Florida Keys TV88. The partnerships with these companies is essential to the build projects of the organization.

The new home owners, like all Habitat home owners, had to complete the required "sweat equity" necessary to the completion of the home. They now have the first home of their own in which to raise their girls and a no-interest mortgage. The payments they make on their mortgage go directly into Habitat's Building Fund that will help us build more homes in the future.

Habitat Middle Keys celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2016. The Banks family is our 28th partner family. In 2017 we will complete the build of 4 new homes in Marathon.

Banks family with volunteers

Pictured: Ailani, Savannah, Caidyn, Habitat Board Directors Mike Puto, Christina Gonzalez, Tammy Collins, Linda Mixon, Matt Bussard, Rev. Larry White holding Miss Olivia), John Johnson, Lupe Marzoa and Jill Bell; City Manager Chuck Lindsey, Mayor Doc Dan Zieg, Councilmember John Bartus, Vice Mayor Michelle Coldiron, Jose Marzoa, Joanne Zimmerman, Mr. Garcia, Aiden Gonzalez, Teresa Condas and our new home owners Ryan and Maria Banks. Picture contributed by Linda Johnson and Captain Gene Thompson.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys, contact Executive Director Chris Todd Young at 305-743-9828 or execdirector@habitatmiddlekeys.org. Visit www.habitatmiddlekeys.org to see how you can get more involved with Habitat.


January 2017

Florida REALTORS® Give Boost To Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys to Build Affordable Homes in Marathon through the "Support Homeownership For All" License Plate Grant

Marathon, FL., December 2016—Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys received a $10,000 grant from Florida REALTORS®' "Support Homeownership For All" specialty license plate fund to support the building of four (4) new affordable homes in 2017. In partnership with the Florida REALTORS® grant, Marathon and Lower Keys Association of REALTORS® (MLKAR) have made the commitment to affordable home ownership by supporting Habitat and to invest its members "sweat equity" volunteer hours in helping with the new build.

Executive Director of Habitat Middle Keys, Chris Todd Young received much encouragement and support from MLKAR to help make this wonderful and much needed donation come true. Both Habitat and MLKAR are committed to serving Marathon, working to ensure a strong and dynamic community while addressing the ever increasing need of affordable homes for purchase.

To date more than 30,000 "Support Homeownership For All" license plates have been sold, raising approximately $800,000 that has been awarded to affordable housing programs all around the state of Florida. The Florida Realtors specialty license plate is available by mail or at your county tax collector's office. The license plate costs an additional $25 (beyond the state's fees for a tag). If you purchase the tag online, you'll pay a convenience fee, which amounts to either $2 or 2.95% of the total cost of the tag. For more information or to purchase online, click here.

To support Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys 2017 build efforts please contact Chris Todd Young, Exec. Director @ 305-743-9828 or email execdirector@habitatmiddlekeys.org. For more information about Habitat visit www.habitatmiddlekeys.org.

MLKAR check presentation

Pictured at the check presentation from left: Kelly Willey, President MLKAR; Jill Bell, President Habitat; Lupe Marzoa, Habitat Director; Tammy Collins, Habitat Director; Chris Todd Young, Exec Director Habitat; Linda Mixon, Director Habitat; Matt Bussard, Director Habitat; and Sandy Tuttle, American Caribbean Real Estate MLKAR Director.


January 2017

Habitat is so blessed to have the support of Royal Furniture and 2017 Build Partner Marathon and Lower Keys Assoc. Of Realtors. Together, with this wonderful Island we call home, we will continue to build affordable homes which are sold to hard working families in Marathon.

MLKAR donation


December 2016

2016 was a wonderful and successful year for the Middle Keys Habitat Affiliate. Closing out the year with Publix Super Markets Charities making an outstanding contribution in the amount of $8,000 to the affiliate as support for their mission of creating truly affordable home ownership to hard working, income qualified families in Marathon. The grant will be used to fund the expenses involved in building two affordable duplex homes that will create four new homeowners, anticipated to be complete April 2017. The partner families that were selected by Habitat Middle Keys are currently working on their required 350 hours of sweat equity.

"Publix Super Markets Charities was established by Publix's founding, Mr. George Jenkins, to improve life in our communities. We believe Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys exemplifies that mission and we are pleased to play a part in their efforts" states Kelly Williams-Puccio, Executive Director for Publix.

"We are very thankful and appreciative of the support," said Christine Todd Young, Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys' Executive Director. "With affordable housing on the forefront right now, their generosity is truly a blessing and helps make our mission possible and dreams come true for families in Marathon".

The support Habitat receives from philanthropic businesses such as Publix, allows continuation of the Habitat for Humanity mission. Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, homeownership becomes an affordable reality. For further information visit www.habitatmiddlekeys.org, or call (305) 743-9828.

Publix Super Markets Charities


December 2016

Suzy CurryCongratulations to Suzy Curry. She was named as Habitat Middle KeysVolunteer of the Year!!! Suzy is always one that steps up first and consistently whenever we need volunteers at our events. We know we can always count on her. Thank you Suzy!!! She is also our Community Foundation of the Keys 2017 Unsung Hero.


November 2016

Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys is pleased to be the recipient of $1,000 from The Allstate Foundation—A Helping Hands in the Community Grant in honor of Independent Agent Grimi Betancourt's volunteerism. We are please to partner with Allstate and their commitment to making our hometowns better, safer places to live.

Pictured: Mike Puto, Habitat Board Director; Grimi Betancourt, KeysInsurance; Chris Todd Young, Habitat ED; and Jill Bell, Habitat 2016 Board President

Allstate Foundation


November 2016

17th (not-so) Annual Spelling Bee

What a great event. Thank you Marathon!!! Together, we RAISED $6,100 for affordable housing!!!

Team "The Not New-Bees" sponsored by the Law Offices of Patrick Stevens took the title and Bee plaque with their win. Their word: agammaglobulinemia. What a fight for the win against last year winners, the Switlik Team sponsored by First State Bank. Team "Switlik's Spellosophers". They went out on the word rhynchocephalia but took home the Best Costume Title. This was in Round 11. Great time had by all. BB&T Bank sponsored a table with the Team Name "Mistery Misspellers" who also won best team name. This was a team picked from the audience not knowing they would even compete. They did a fantastic job. My LMC Class XXV Jennifer Powell bff, Shannon Migut and another took the challenge. PromotionsGuy.com guys Ryan and Cheddar were the emcees. Judges table included Monroe County School Board Andy Griffiths, John Dick and Ed Davidson. Who knew these men were so funny and how the LOVE the word USUFRUCT. Enunciator Hal Leftwich kept the words flowing. Additional teams included: Bishop Rosasco & Co with Team Name "Highway to Spell", City of Marathon "Jurrasic Parks & Rec", Fishermen's two teams: "The Stellar Spellers" and "Spellers in Scrubs", FKEC Team "Duraspell", and Iberiabank Team "I Bee Good Spellers". Thank you so much to our sponsor Fishermen's Community Hospital for another great year along with the help of City of Key Colony Beach, Chief DiGiovanni, Centennial Bank, Action Canvas, Island Custom Graphics, Tom Thumb, Subway, Marathon Lady, Marathon Jet Center, The Art Studio, Hawys Cay Resort, Yankee Freedom Key West, the Fury Key West, Lions Club, City of Marathon and Time Out Magazine. Thank you to all the businesses who donated auction items and big shout out to our audience, volunteers andHabitat Board Directors. With your help, we raised $4,000 which will be used directly toward the building of four homes that should be completed in the next 5 months.


October 2016

Habitat Middle Keys was honored to win the HUMANITARIAN AWARD from the Marathon Chamber of Commerce.

We are so proud to take home two wins this year—the the community and from our Marathon businesses. It means so much to the Board of Directors and Volunteers who put so much time, effort and love into what they do ~ creating affordable home ownership opportunities for the hard working families in Marathon.

Thank you to all the Marathon Chamber Businesses who voted for Habitat. It truly means so much!!

Pictured from Left: Jose Marzoa, HFH Volunteer with wife Lupe Marzoa, Board Director. Matt Lawrence of Hawks Cay and Marathon Chamber Board Director Matt Bussard, HFH Board Director; Chris Todd Young, HFH ED; Board Directors Linda Mixon, 2016 President Jill Bell; Tammy Collins and Mike Puto. Missing from picture are well deserved Board Directors Blair Shiver, Christina Gonzalez, John Johnson, Kelly Manghir and Rev. Larry White.

Chamber Awards Best 2016

Humanitarian Award 2016


October 2016

What a group!! Habitat's Team "Hot Mess" taking part in Making Strides in Marathon—Against Breast Cancer.

Strides Walk 2016


September 24, 2016

VOTED BEST OF MARATHON, NON-PROFIT AWARD!!!!!!

Thank you to The Weekly Newspaper and Rotary for a great evening celebrating the BEST of Marathon!!! We are so honored and so happy that this wonderful island community of ours voted us BEST Non-Profit Organization. Thank you to all.

Pictured from left: Board Directors Christina Gonzalez & Tammy Collins; Exec Director Chris Todd Young; Board Directors Matt Bussard, Linda Mixon and John Johnson. Missing from picture are well deserving Board Directors: Jill Bell, Blair Shiver, Lupe Marzoa, Kelly Manghir, Rev. Larry White, and Mike Puto.

Best of Marathon 2016

Best of Marathon 2016 Plaque


September to October 2016

Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys and the Lower Keys joined hands during their 6th Annual Votes for Notes Musical Competition. This 3 Round Event was full of energy and great fun!!

Congratulations to the winners:

In our new JUNIOR category: 1st Place – Delaney, 2nd Place – Amelia.

SOLO/DUO: 1ST Place-Dustin Sedlak, 2nd Place – Glenn Harman.

BAND: 1st Place –The Shanty Hounds, 2nd Place – Bob D’Antonio and his pick-up band.

The Shanty Hounds were also the winners of our One Night Wonder Prize, for bringing in the most money in one night!

This musical competition to see which acts could raise the most money was held over a period of 3 weeks in venues from Marathon to Key West was produced by local musician Ray West. The winners in each category won a $300 cash prize and 2nd place entrants were awarded gift certificates from local business. Cash prizes were sponsored by Marathon and Middle Keys Magazine and Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.

A Special Thank you to all the venues: Looe Key Tiki Bar, Smokin' Tuna and Havana Jack's who also donated a very special "Stay-Cation" certificate from Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel and Resort for our winners.

Proceeds from the events were divided between Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Key West and the Lower Florida Keys and the Middle Keys.

Pictured is Marathon's favorite Pastor, Dustin Sedlak collecting his 1st Place check with Habitat Middle Keys Exec Director Chris Todd Young.

Pastor Dustin

Pictured is 1st Place Junior Delaney who was truly aspiring (Photo by Ralph De Palma).

Delaney


September 2016

This wonderful community of Marathon/Middle Keys!! Bank of America has generously donated $2,500 toward our mission of building affordable homes. This donation will be used directly to help fund our current build of 4 homes that will be sold to hard working families in the Middle Keys. Thank you Bank of America for your support.

Pictured here: Chris Todd Young, Tanya Fraser BOA Branch Manager and Board Directors Jill Bell, Tammy Collins and Mike Puto.

BOA Grant 2016


July 2016

Marathon and Lower Keys Association of Realtors "giving back". What an awesome contribution to our community.... these Realtors donated their Saturday to painting a Habitat for Humanity home. Thank you so much Wayne Carter, Debra Farrell, Sandy Tuttle, Raul Cisneros, Lea Reusch, Elliott Kleizman, Kristen Brenner, Kirsten Difender, Habitat 2016 Board Pres. Jill Bell and Director Mike Puto. Thank you Lynn Goodwin for being there in spirit with the coffee we desperatly needed at 8am this morning. Home owners Maria, Ryan and their 3 beautiful daughters are so grateful and beyond excited to move into their new home. #habitatmiddlekeys

Marathon and Lower Keys Association of Realtors


June 2016

Kirk of the Keys Outreach Giving

Giving Back..... The Kirk of the Keys Presbyterian Church made a $500 donation to Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys to help us continue to build more affordable homes in Marathon for this wonderful community. This donation will be used directly toward the 4 new homes scheduled for completion this year. Pictured are Rev. Dustin Sedlack, Elder Clara Werner, and Habitat ED Chris Todd Young and Director Matt Bussard. Habitat is so very thankful to the Kirk of the Keys for this wonderful donation.

Kirk of the Keys Outreach Giving

June 2016 1st Cornhole Tournament

We raised $1,200 at this fun event. Special Thank you to Centennial Bank, a 2016 Build Partner, for their generous donation of burgers, dogs and all the fixings that kept our players fed.

June 2016 1st Cornhole Tournament group

June 2016 1st Cornhole Tournament winners


April 2016

Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Volunteers and soon-to-be new home owners came out to help support our local Florida Keys Contractor's Association during their Annual Golf Tournament.

Golf Tourney 2016

April 2016

Habitat is so blessed to have the support of Royal Furniture and 2016 Build Partner Marathon and Lower Keys Assoc. Of Realtors. Together, with this wonderful Island we call home, we will continue to build affordable homes which are sold to hard working families in Marathon.

2016 MLKAR Build Partner

April 2016

Centennial Bank partners with Habitat as a 2016 Build Partner

Centennial 2016 Build Partner

April 2016

IberiaBank #FloridaKeys team recently joined Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys as a 2016 Build Partner. This donation will be used to help support their annual Mother's Day Fishing Tournament and infamous Spelling Bee, both of which help raise critical funds needed to support affordable home ownership options in the Keys.

2016 Iberiabank Build Partner


March 2016

Habitat for Humanity Middle Keys Board and Volunteers bagging groceries today at Publix to raise money to build our next affordable homes. Publix Marathon and Publix Super Markets Charities are sponsoring one full house this year toward our goal of 5 new affordable homes in 2016. Every dollar donated today will be put directly into the building of these homes.

Habitat Publix Day was a huge success. Thank you to all the amazing Board Directors and volunteers and most importantly our fabulous community for their support. We raised $3500 that will be put directly towards building new affordable homes in Marathon this year.

Publix Supermarket


February 2016

Habitat Making a Difference for Affordable Housing.......

On February 20th, 2016 Habitat Middle Keys performed the Dedication and Blessing of four new homes and four new home owner families. The homes were completed in December and all the families were able to move in before the new year. This Dedication marks the 25th year that Habitat Middle Keys has been serving the Marathon community with a total of 27 families served. The families that were selected to purchase these four homes at a 0% interest loan are selected on multiple factors, one of which is their family income falls at or below 80% of our Monroe County median income. They are solid members of our island and in the following professions: 2 small business owners, an insurance agent, a cake designer/decorator, an MHS Teacher, an employee of FKAA and an employee of US Water.

The ceremony is a significant moment for Habitat, the new home owners, the volunteers and the donors who help make the dream of affordable home ownership come true. These four homes were made possible by the countless hours donated by so many and the funding that helps Habitat build these homes. A special thank you to Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center and Marathon Boats & Yachts owners Bruce and Sherry Popham who, through the Florida Community Tax Credit Program, sponsored two of the four homes. The 3rd home was sponsored by the State of Florida and Habitat for Humanity Florida through Mortgage Settlement Funds. Other major contributors for these builds were Lumber Liquidators, Publix Super Markets Charities, Florida Realtors & Marathon Lower Keys Assoc. of Realtors, Bank of America, Marathon Lumber, Keys Contracting, Alex Landscaping and the City of Marathon.

Pictured are the newly named 2016 Habitat Board of Directors: John Johnson, Tammy Collins, Christina Gonzalez, Rev. Larry White, Board President Jill Bell, Board Secretary Linda Mixon and Mike Puto. Joining them Chris Todd Young, Habitat Exec. Director and Marathon Council woman Michele Coldiron. Not pictured is 2016 Board of Directors Matt Bussard, Kelly Manghir, Board VP Blair Shiver and Board Treasurer Lupe Marzoa.

Dedication and Blessing

Habitat is planning 4 more homes for 2016.


January 2016

Thank you to this wonderful community for attending our Chamber After Hours event. It was such a great time and we were so happy to see so many of our 2015 Build Partners come to show your support. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make it a successful event. To view more of our photos visit www.facebook.com/HFHoftheMiddleKeys/photos


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