SARASOTA, Fla. (March 8, 2017) – The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) presented a $5,000 donation to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. This donation supports construction projects for the 2017 Women Build events. A check was presented by 2017 RASM President Xena Vallone at Manatee Habitat’s International Women’s Day Luncheon on March 8.

“Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is very grateful for this grant and proud to partner with the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee. It is a great fit as we are both working to enable families to achieve the dream of homeownership,” said Executive Director Diana Shoemaker.

An initiative of the National Habitat for Humanity, Manatee Habitat’s Women Build program encourages women to come together to learn, build and advocate for decent, affordable housing in their community. In addition to RASM’s donation, members of the Association will support Manatee Habitat by volunteering at home builds throughout the year.

“We are proud to support Manatee Habitat with the 2017 Women’s Build,” said Xena Vallone, 2017 RASM President. “Not only are the homeowners blessed with a new home, but their communities are thriving thanks to the impact Habitat is making in the area.”

Each year, the RASM Community Outreach Committee selects community projects to partner with as part of the RASM Gives Back program. Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is a 2017 project, along with Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, The Blessing Bags Project, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Children’s Healthy Pantry, Feeding Empty Little Tummies (F.E.L.T), Heroes Welcome Home, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, The Tiny Hands Foundation, Sarasota YMCA and Special Olympics Bradenton. Click HERE for more information about RASM Gives Back.