Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
1:09 pm EDT
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Volunteers, future Habitat homeowners to pay it forward for another family

Diane Treadway, president of Leesburg Evening Rotary Club, does exterior painting on a Leesburg home as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Preservation and Repair Program. // Provided photo.

Six future Habitat for Humanity homeowners and several volunteers will unite on Sept. 12 to finish repairs on a Mascotte house occupied by a multigenerational family.

For the future homeowners, doing exterior painting and landscaping for the Valdez family will count towards completing 200 volunteer “sweat equity” hours with Habitat as part of their journey to homeownership.

“It is a unique volunteer day that brings all of these homeowners together,” says Danielle Stroud, senior director of programs and partnerships for Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter. “They are not only fulfilling their role as partner families with Habitat for Humanity, but they’re offering a hand-up to the Valdez family and putting the finishing touches to a critical repair project completed through Habitat’s Preservation and Repair Program.”

The Valdez family has already benefitted from receiving much-needed home repairs of a roof and air conditioning replacement. Exterior painting and some landscaping slated to take place Saturday will complete the preservation and repair work on the home.

In other preservation and repair projects, Habitat has built ramps and demolished old, unsafe buildings on properties. Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter has been serving individuals in Lake and Sumter Counties with access and opportunity to affordable housing solutions since 1989.

To learn more about Habitat’s programs or to volunteer, call 352.483.0434 or contact Lacie Himes, associate development director for Habitat, at