A team of 15 convenience store employees used their down time last weekend to help Flower City Habitat for Humanity rehab an abandoned home on the city’s east side.
Fastrac Markets LLC employees joined Bank of America and dozens of other Habitat volunteers Jan. 27 to remodel an aging, abandoned home on Akron Street. It was part of a broader mission by Fastrac’s 52 locations statewide to support Habitat. Last year the company donated $35,000 to the Flower City Habitat chapter, and $60,000 total to chapters statewide.
“Our company supports Flower City Habitat for Humanity for a very simple reason: We believe in everything the organization does to lift up the communities we operate in,” said Fastrac’s director of real estate and information technology, Brett Hughes, in a statement.
Saturday’s project was one of two “full-gut rehabs” that Flower City Habitat has taken on at the request of the City of Rochester. Fastrac employees worked on the home’s exterior siding and porches, while also helping install insulation inside.
“Throughout our partnership working side-by-side with the Fastrac team, I have noticed how their staff culture nicely aligns with our philosophy,” said Matt Flanigan, Flower City Habitat’s CEO. “The care their team exhibits toward each other and their passion for excellence in all they do is truly remarkable.”
Construction of the Akron Street home is expected to be complete in March, and Fastrac will join a dedication ceremony as the keys are handed over to the home’s new owners.
“We believe that ongoing, supportive partnerships like this are part of what make our communities tick,” said Fastrac President and CEO Tom Waddle. “We’re extremely proud of our partnership with Flower City Habitat for Humanity.”
Flower City Habitat was founded in 1984 to eliminate substandard and poverty housing in Rochester. The organization has built or renovated more than 200 homes since its inception and is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the northeastern U.S.
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