In 2011, the South Florida PGA Foundation Board of Directors made a decision to support Habitat for Humanity as a national organization providing affordable housing to local families. With the mission to support Habitat for Humanity, the board developed a goal to build a home through Habitat for Humanity in every county of the South Florida PGA Section. This encompasses 15 counties plus Puerto Rico. With the commitment comes a financial gift of $50,000 per home, along with volunteers to help build the home. Once all 16 homes have been built the Foundation will have granted $800,000 to Habitat for Humanity throughout south Florida and more than 15,000 volunteer hours.
2016 Habitat for Humanity Project – Martin County
This year the South Florida PGA Foundation will partner with Habitat for Humanity of Martin County to build our 5th home through Habitat for Humanity. This year’s home is located in Stuart at 3254 SE Ellendale St. / Stuart, FL 34997 and Tandra Islam will be purchasing the home for her and her two child to live in.
Tandra moved to Martin County 10 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh. She currently works during the day for the Martin County School District as a pre-kindergarten ESE teacher. In the afternoons, Tandra works at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County 10-year old and up students. She is the mother of two children, Safqaat, 6 and Tanjila, 10. Tandra and her children are currently living in a two-bedroom apartment, when she purchased her Habitat home, she will be the first member of her family to own her own home. When she first applied to be a home buyer in April 2010 she was told she would have to clean up some financial issues before she could proceed. Three years later she returned and has continued through the process. “My main hope is to be a great Habitat for Humanity homeowners and I hope to build a better life for myself and for my kids,” Tandra said.
As we build this home we request the support of the local community including our PGA Professionals to help us make this dream come true for the Islam family. Please note the following opportunities to get involved.
- Dedication: December 16th at 4 PM at the home site
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2015 Habitat for Humanity Project – Collier County
In 2015 the South Florida PGA Foundation partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County to compete its fourth home project. The kick-off of this project took place Saturday, May 2nd when eight volunteers raised the walls of the home.
In supporting Habitat for Humanity the South Florida PGA Foundation makes a commitment to help provide volunteers to assist with the build in addition to monetary support. From May through July over 50 PGA Professionals volunteered countless hours to help build the home, and on July 13th the Arcas family were handed the keys to their very first home.
The Dohannys and Alina Arcas family who have purchased the home that Foundation has supported have little girls, Michelle, age 4 and Nicole, age 2. Dohannys is the manager of the meat department of Wal-Mart where he has worked for six years. Before applying for the Habitat program, the Arcas family lived in an overpriced two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. Michelle and Nicole shared a bedroom. The living room area was big enough to fit two chairs. One of the reasons the Arcas’ decided to apply for a Habitat home was to give their daughters stability. The constant rise of rent costs would cause the family to move on a yearly basis in an attempt to find something more affordable. We are excited to watch the family grow in their new home and congratulation them on a huge accomplishment.
Each home build comes with a $50,000 donation to the Habitat affiliate along with countless individuals (PGA Professionals, friends and junior tour members) were onsite throughout the project volunteering their time, serving the community.
2014 Habitat for Humanity Project – Broward County
On December 13th the South Florida PGA Foundation dedicated their third home to Habitat for Humanity with this build taking place in east Ft. Lauderdale. We encourage you to view images and clips from this inspiring ceremony by clicking on the video below.
2013 Habitat for Humanity Project – Palm Beach County
On October 26th the South Florida PGA Foundation dedicated their second home to Habitat for Humanity through another moving ceremony. This time the Foundation donated $50,000 in support of a home build through the Palm Beach County Habitat affiliate. The home is located in Jupiter in the Kennedy Estates II development.
This home was purchased by Seretaria Williams’ and her three young girls. Check out this short video from highlighting this project from start to finish!
“My experience with working on the Habitat for Humanity Home was not only a very rewarding one as it gave me the opportunity to assist in a project that is very meaningful to a family, but it also gave me the opportunity to spend a day with some of my fellow PGA Professionals and Section Staff Members in an environment that was very laid back and not “a normal” golf driven environment (i.e.- tournament, membership meeting, etc.). This time spent on the project allowed me time to visit, tell a few jokes and find out more about some of my peers on a more personal level all the while working towards a goal of helping a deserving family. Other than spending a day on the course with family or friends, I can’t imagine a day that could be spent better! I look forward to joining our Section’s efforts on this project more as the summer moves along and hope others find it as enjoyable as I did. “
2011 Habitat for Humanity Project – Lee County
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SFPGA & Habitat for Humanity Partnership
In early February 2011, the Foundation Board of Directors agreed to donate $50,000 towards Habitat for Humanity of Lee County to sponsor a home in late 2011. For the past seven years the South Florida PGA Foundation has been working on smaller charitable campaigns. Under the direction of a new Foundation Board, the South Florida PGA Foundation has decided to strive for a major campaign with a national partner. Habitat for Humanity of Lee County was chosen as the first Habitat affiliate to partner with the South Florida PGA Foundation. “This is a very exciting relationship we have formed with Habitat, allowing the South Florida PGA Foundation to achieve one of its goals of giving back to each county in our Section. We are happy that the Lee County affiliate is the first affiliate, and we are looking forward to developing a solid relationship,” stated South Florida PGA Foundation President and PGA Professional, Tom Wildenhaus.
“South Florida PGA Professionals making a difference in the community.”