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Red Sox volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

By Staff | Sep 18, 2023


As part of its continuing community outreach efforts, more than 50 minor league players, coaches and staff members of the Boston Red Sox recently performed community service for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties.

On Sept. 15, players participated in laying sod at Habitat’s Prospect Avenue community at 340 Prospect Ave., Fort Myers.

Prospect Avenue is a six-acre planned HOA community situated between McCormick Street and Prospect Avenue in the city of Fort Myers. Planned for 29 single-family homes, the three-and four-bedroom designs range from 1,200 to 1,400 square feet.

“Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties has helped so many residents of Southwest Florida,” said Shawn H. P. Smith, general manager, Florida Operations for the Red Sox. “This is an opportunity to get our players involved in the community, the community that has given so much to the Red Sox. We want to make sure the residents know we are here for more than just six weeks out of the year, and this is just one way we can show it.”

“Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope, and that’s a team effort,” said Malaina Mote, director of Donor Development for Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “We are so grateful for partnerships with organizations like the Red Sox to build better communities. Their volunteering and financial support make a tangible difference and help bring strength, stability and independence to families in need of a decent place to live.”


The players will return to Habitat’s Prospect Avenue community for another afternoon of community service on Sept. 22.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is a faith-based private nonprofit serving families with a housing need willing to partner. As a developer, builder, mortgage lender, housing counseling agency, retail operator and hurricane recovery organization, Habitat partners with families to build, improve or retain places to call home. Since 1982, Habitat has partnered with more than 1,800 families to help them achieve their dream of affordable home-ownership. In addition to putting in 300 hours of sweat equity into building their own homes, Habitat Homebuyers contribute to their closing costs, attend more than 20 hours of financial education classes, and pay an affordable mortgage set at no more than 30% of their monthly income. Through volunteering and providing financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability, and independence. For more information, visit Habitat4Humanity.org.

About the Red Sox Foundation

The Red Sox Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. The foundation’s primary focus locally is in serving the health, education, recreation and social service needs of children and families across Southwest Florida. The Red Sox Foundation is one of the most successful in all of Major League Baseball.


Source: Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties