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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Lake County Eagles give $10K towards building cottages in Tavares

Lake County Eagles Auxiliary No. 4273 surprised Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter with a $10,000 grant for The Cottages at Heritage Grove project in Tavares. Shown in the photo are Eagles Madam President Ellen Wiebe, Eagles President Jim Ross, Habitat’s Lacie Himes and co-chairs Nettie Goeler and Linda Lewis. // Provided photo

The Lake County Eagles Auxiliary No. 4273 recently surprised Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter with a $10,000 grant to be used towards their upcoming building project, The Cottages at Heritage Grove.

With infrastructure slated to begin in late fall, the cottages will be Habitat Lake-Sumter’s first 55+ community in Tavares. Construction on the 23 units is set to begin early 2021, according to Lacie Himes, associate development director for Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter.


One of the cottages in Coleman that is a prototype of the project planned for Tavares.

Each cottage will be around 730 square feet, feature nice green space and a community pavilion. The cottages will be styled similar to the prototype four cottages Habitat recently constructed in Coleman.

COVID-19 curtailed groups being allowed to work on Habitat building projects. Since mid-March, Habitat had to rely on construction professionals and some of their employees to finish five homes.

“Going forward we are slowly opening up to volunteers,” says Lacie. “We always try to limit our groups to 10 or less, so we are providing protective gear for people to feel comfortable wearing. We have masks and providing extra sanitation. We are going to try to make it comfortable for our volunteers.”

She says Habitat is appreciative of community support and charitable giving from local organizations, including Lake County Eagles No. 4273, which has had a long-standing history with Habitat for Humanity.

The Eagles were sponsors of Habitat Lake-Sumter’s original pocket neighborhood in 2016, the Umatilla Veterans Village, and they wanted to continue their partnership with Habitat Lake-Sumter to build the 23-unit community in Tavares.

“People helping people” is the motto of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Okahumpka Chapter and with over 2,000 members (both Aerie and Auxiliary), and Lacie notes the Eagles “continue to lead the way in making our community a better place to live.”

Those interested in volunteering with Habitat on construction sites may contact Carlos Beron, volunteer service manager, at Carlos@HabitatLS.og, or to learn more about Cottages at Heritage Grove or other Habitat for Humanity’s programs, call Lacie at 352-483-0434, ext. 146.